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May 11, 2021 7:42 PM
“The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) announced they are investigating multiple outbreaks of norovirus around the New Mexico State. Norovirus is a highly contagious disease often called the “stomach flu” with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and it is spread easily from person... to person.
NMDOH advises to prevent norovirus spread is frequent handwashing, highlighted that hand sanitizer does NOT work against norovirus. Also recommending precautions be taken, especially around the very young, the elderly, and those at any age with weakened immune systems because they are at risk for more serious illness due to norovirus infection.
If you develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramping stay home if possible and contact your healthcare provider before seeking medical care so as not to expose others to norovirus in the waiting room. Where possible, don’t go to work or school until 48 hours after symptoms have completely gone away.
If you do not have a medical provider or have other questions, you can contact the Department of Health through the Epidemiology and Response Division in Santa Fe at the 24/7 phone number: 505-827-0006.
Check the full announcement details on the NMDOH website: nmhealth.org
Source: NMDOH ”
May 11, 2021 7:41 PM
“CBS News Philly communicated that nearly 100 teachers and Staff members of Waterford Township School in New Jersey became ill after a catered staff appreciation luncheon on May 6. Health officials reported as many 97 staff members have been reported ill from 107 who attended the luncheon, and they h... ave reports of some hospitalizations linked to the outbreak.
The school had to close because they could not adequately staff the building, and Waterford Township School District Superintendent Dr. Brenda Harring sent a letter to parents explaining the situation and how they are acting about this situation.
Caryelle Lasher with the Camden County Health Department said: "Many of the people who consumed the lunch are now reporting illness with symptoms like diarrhea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting". The investigation is ongoing by the Camden County Health Department.
According to the news, the caterer of the event was Roma Pizza located in Berlin Township. They posted an apology on their social media site for those affected. The restaurant is closed until further notice, while health officials investigate the cause of these illnesses.
Caryelle Lasher stated, “The establishment voluntarily closed so that we can really conduct a thorough investigation of food storage, the property, the health and wellness of the employees there and really try to identify what went wrong here”.
Source: CBS New Philly ”
May 10, 2021 11:26 PM
“We have received a large number of reports citing food poisoning after dining at House of Prime Rib at 1906 Van Ness Ave, in San Francisco. As of May 11th 2021, we have over 50 reports citing over 120 persons sick in the past 14 days, and we continue to receive reports linked to this location. Publi... c health officials in San Francisco are investigating the situation.
The most commonly reported symptoms are diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, and abdominal cramps. If you ate at this location recently and developed these symptoms, report it now.
Source: Iwaspoisoned.com ”
May 10, 2021 11:26 PM
“Waterford Township School District announced an incident whereby employees experienced symptoms of a foodborne illness after attending a luncheon catered by an outside vendor. More than 60% of their staff members that participated in the luncheon became ill and are continuing to recover.
This inc... ident was reported to the Camden County Department of Health and the Waterford Township Police Department to investigate further. Although the exact pathogen is still unknown at this time, they have been advised by the Camden County Department of Health that the suspected pathogens could be highly contagious.
Per the recommendation of their district physician, and for the health and safety of their entire school community, all school buildings will be closed for two weeks. During this time, a thorough cleaning and sanitization process will be completed to help stop the spread of any foodborne germs and illnesses.
Check the full announcement on: wtsd.org
Source: Waterford Township School District ”
May 5, 2021 11:29 PM
“UPDATE May 12, 2021
The investigation is ongoing. The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 that is possibly linked to fresh produce is now a multi-county outbreak, as now there are reported cases from Benton, Snohomish, and Walla Walla counties, apart from the ones from King County. The Washington State H... ealth Department (DOH) is involved in the investigation along with local health jurisdictions.
UPDATE May 7, 2021.
The investigation is ongoing. They have identified multiple types of fresh produce, mostly organic, in common among the majority of cases but cannot yet rule out other possibilities. They are still uncertain if these cases share the same source of their infection or not. Updates will continue to be posted when more information is available.
May 5, 2021
Public Health is investigating a new cluster of seven children infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (also known as STEC) in King County. All cases are currently under 14 years of age, and three are under five years of age. Cases have been reported between April 22–May 1, 2021.
All 7 children developed symptoms consistent with STEC, including diarrhea (often bloody), abdominal cramping, nausea, and vomiting. Illness onsets occurred during April 17–29, 2021. Six children have been hospitalized; this includes one child who developed a type of kidney complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and is recovering and a second child who is suspected to have HUS.
The investigation is ongoing, and they have not identified any foods, restaurants, or other sources in common among all cases. It is not yet known whether these cases share the same source or not. Public Health is conducting interviews with cases and their parents/guardians to help identify any common exposures. They are working with the Washington State Department of Health to complete further testing and to help identify possible related cases in other counties.
Public Health advises If you or your child develop painful or bloody diarrhea, diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days or is accompanied by a high fever or decreased urine, contact your healthcare provider to see if testing for STEC is indicated. Anyone ill with suspected or known STEC should not work in or attend childcare or preschool, or work in food handling or healthcare until cleared by Public Health.
Check the full announcement on: kingcounty.gov
Source: Public Health - Seattle & King County ”
April 28, 2021 11:25 PM
“In March, the Southern Nevada Health District announced it was working with its federal partners to investigate reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Clark County.
The Health District initially received reports of five cases of severe acute non-viral hepatitis in children between November 23, 2... 020, and December 3, 2020. Since its initial investigation, the Health District has identified six additional probable cases (for a total of 11 probable cases) and one suspect case. The newly identified cases are all adults, and the one suspect case meets the clinical criteria but has not been tested for viral hepatitis. The 12 people were hospitalized and have since been released. None of the children or adults required a transplant.
To date, the consumption of “Real Water” brand alkaline water was found to be the only common link between all the identified cases. The FDA is conducting a further investigation into the facility, and the Health District continues to monitor for cases of acute non-viral hepatitis. Fifty additional reports are currently being investigated based on people who self-identified to the Health District, were reported by a health care provider, or because their Real Water subscription was canceled due to health concerns.
The ages of the children identified during the initial investigation range from 7 months to 5 years. The ages of the newly identified probable and suspect cases range from 32 to 71 years of age. The most common symptoms reported by the patients included nausea and vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite, and dizziness.
The FDA has recommended that consumers, restaurants, and retailers discontinue drinking, cooking with, selling, or serving “Real Water” alkaline water. The FDA believes that Real Water brand alkaline water is still being offered for sale through online retailers. The agency is working to locate any remaining products to ensure they are no longer available to consumers. The FDA will continue to monitor this situation closely and follow up with retailers as we become aware of recalled products being offered for sale.
Check the full announcement: southernnevadahealthdistrict.org
Source: Southern Nevada Health District ”
April 22, 2021 11:42 PM
“CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are collecting different types of data to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Duisburg infections.
Epidemiologic and traceback data show that Jule’s cashew brie may be conta... minated with Salmonella and may be making people sick.
As of April 21, 2021, five people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Duisburg have been reported from three states (CA, FL, TN). 2 people have been hospitalized and no deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 1, 2021 to February 27, 2021.
It is possible that more recent illnesses may be reported in the outbreak because there is a period of time between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to public health officials.
State and local public health officials interviewed people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Of the five people interviewed, three (60%) reported eating Jule’s truffle cashew brie – the only common product identified. Two of these people reported eating the cashew truffle brie at the same restaurant on different days.
On April 22, California officials found Salmonella in samples of all varieties of Jule’s cashew brie collected from grocery stores. Investigators are working to confirm if the Salmonella bacteria found in these products is the same bacteria making people sick in this outbreak.
Jule’s Foods recalled all their products on April 22, including:
-Jule’s cashew brie (classic)
-Jule’s truffle cashew brie
-Jule’s black garlic cashew brie
-Jule’s artichoke spinach dip
-Jule’s vegan ranch dressing
CDC advises everyone not to eat, sell, or serve the recalled products. Jule’s Foods has stopped producing and distributing all of their products. Products were for sale online nationwide and in stores in many states.
To read the CDC announcement: cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
April 19, 2021 9:44 PM
“The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Office of Epidemiology has reported a Health Alert to Long-Term Care Facilities, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Childcare Centers, Schools, Primary Care Providers, Public Health in Nebraska due to Norovirus Outbreak.
The DHHS Office of Epidemiolog... y of Nebraska has received reports of 14 suspected or confirmed norovirus outbreaks among long-term care facilities, skilled nursing facilities, childcare centers, and schools since march 1, 2021. The norovirus season typically peaks from December to March, and begins to decline in April, but for this time of year, it has been unusually high.
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastrointestinal disease in the United States. It is very contagious and can be contracted from an infected person, contaminated water or food, or even a contaminated surface.
The DHHS of Nebraska advises:
- Long-term care facilities, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities should restrict ill residents from leaving their room until 48 hours after their symptoms resolve to reduce the risk of further spread (unless it is for essential care or treatment). Consider suspending group activities for the duration of the outbreak. Exclude ill staff, especially those with patient care and food handling responsibilities, until 48 hours after symptoms resolve to help reduce further spread. Staff who work at multiple healthcare facilities should eliminate or minimize inter-facility movement during the duration of the outbreak. Additionally, enforcing exclusion policies for visitors will help prevent further spread.
- Childcare centers and schools should educate staff and children on proper hand hygiene. Facilities should assist younger children with washing their hands after using the toilet and before eating. Any staff, childcare attendee, or student with symptoms of norovirus infection should be sent home and not return until 48 hours after symptoms resolve to help prevent further spread.
- Environmental surfaces should be disinfected using a chlorine bleach solution with a concentration of 1,000-5,000 ppm (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach [5-8 %] per gallon of water) or other disinfectants effective against norovirus.
Any facility with two or more suspected norovirus ill persons within 72 hours should report the suspected outbreak to their local health department.
Check the full Health alert on: dhhs.ne.gov
Source: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services ”
April 15, 2021 9:42 PM
“The CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to raw ground turkey. As of April 12, 2021, 28 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Hadar have been rep... orted from 12 states (AZ, CT, IN, MA, ME, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VA). 2 people have been hospitalized and no deaths were reported.
The following products are linked to salmonella infections:
- Nature’s Promise (94% lean 6% fat) – 1 lb packages with dates 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10
- Wegmans (94% lean 6% fat) – 1 lb and 3 lb packages with dates 1/3, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/10
- Plainville Farms (93% lean 7% fat) – 1 lb packages with dates 1/10
These products have the establishment number “P-244” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection. They were made on December 18-29, 2020, and were sold nationwide.
Investigators are working to determine if additional turkey products are linked to illnesses.
CDC advises consumers to check their freezers for the products and throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. Also recommends washing your hands with soap and water after handling the products, and wash items and surfaces that may have touched the products using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
To read the CDC announcement:cdc.gov
Source: CDC ”
April 14, 2021 3:44 PM
“The Bates Health Services (BHS) is investigating multiple reports of illness across campus. Up to Monday 12th, 14 students reported experiencing symptoms of food poisoning. BHS started receiving reports on April 9th. However, an informal poll conducted by The Student, a college newspaper, indicates... that the number of people impacted may be as high as 100.
BHS confirmed that the GI symptoms could be attributed to the presence of Salmonella bacteria. The Dining, Conferences, and Campus Events (DCCE) is working to determine the exact cause of the illnesses and they have sent samples of a pad thai served on Thursday to a lab for testing. Several of the ill people reported eating the popular vegan pad thai served at lunch.
BHS asked students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with a Salmonella infection to reach out at (207) 386-6199. If it is an emergency, call (207) 386-6111 to be connected to Bates EMS and Campus Safety.
If you attend Bates College and recently have developed nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or other food poisoning symptoms, report it now.
Source: The Student ”