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Outbreaks

August 1, 2021 9:44 PM

“There has been an increase in suspected salmonellosis infections in central Utah recently. The Central Utah Public Health Department announced on July 30, that the prior week had seen an increase in gastrointestinal illness, suspected to be the result of salmonellosis infections. It was also shared that... See More these infections are believed to be related to the 24th of July festivities.

In case you are experiencing salmonella symptoms like diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Source: facebook.com
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Diagnosis: Salmonella

July 31, 2021 2:25 PM

“Officers at Police District 5 of Milwaukee experienced a food poisoning incident that sickened eleven police officers at a retirement party, several officers had to seek treatment at local hospitals. According to the news, the food was apparently prepared privately and didn’t come from a restaurant and... See More it was not catered.

While there is no word on exactly which pathogen may have made these officers sick, there are some clues in the timing of the outbreak. Food poisoning that occurs so soon after eating could be caused by several pathogens, including Clostridium perfringens, norovirus, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella.

In case you are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Source: foodpoisoningbulletin.com
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July 31, 2021 6:05 PM

“The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Hepatitis A with likely source linked to frozen mangoes. The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as recent illnesses continue... See More to be reported to PHAC.

As of July 31, 2021, 3 laboratory-confirmed cases of Hepatitis A illness have been reported from 2 provinces (Québec and Nova Scotia). No hospitalizations or deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from late March 2021 and mid-June 2021.

On July 30, the CFIA announced a recall of various frozen mangoes by Nature's Touch Frozen Food Inc. due to possible Hepatitis A contamination.

The recalled products are:
- Nature's Touch Mangoes (frozen) 2 kg, UPC: 8 73668 00180 7, Best Before 2022 NO 09
- Compliments Mango Mania (frozen) 600 g, UPC: 0 55742 50430 9, Best Before 2022 NO 10 and 2022 DE 18
- Irresistibles Mango Chunks (frozen) 600 g, UPC: 0 59749 87600 1, Best Before 2022 NO 10
- President's Choice Mango Chunks (frozen) 600 g, UPC: 0 60383 99387 0, Best Before 2022 NO 06 and 2022 NO 10

These products were distributed in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Possibly National.

PHAC advises in this case:
- If you have recalled frozen mangoes in your home, do not eat them.
- if you suspect you have been exposed to recalled products, or have symptoms consistent for Hepatitis A, see your health care provider immediately. Vaccination can prevent the onset of symptoms if given within 14 days of exposure.
- If you are unsure whether a frozen mango product you have in your home is part of the food recall warning, do not consume it. Secure the product in a plastic bag, throw it out and wash your hands with warm soapy water.
- If you order food and drinks containing frozen mangoes at a restaurant or food establishment, ask the staff whether the mangoes are part of the food recall warning. If they are, or if they don't know, don't eat or drink these food products.
- Wash and sanitize any drawers or shelves in fridge and freezer areas where recalled products were stored.
- Wash your hands before and after preparing or eating food, and after using the washroom or changing diapers.
- If you have been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, do not prepare or serve food and drinks to others.
- If you have been exposed to Hepatitis A, it is possible to spread the virus to other people before you experience any symptoms.

For more outbreak and recall details please check: canada.ca and inspection.canada.ca

Source: PHAC and CFIA
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Diagnosis: Hepatitis A

July 28, 2021 8:31 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 E. coli O121 infections linked to cake mix.

As of July 27, 2021, 16 people infected with the... See More outbreak strain of E. coli O121 have been reported from 12 states (IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, NE, OH, OR, SC, UT, VA and WA). 7 people were hospitalized and no deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from February 26, 2021 to June 21, 2021. The investigation is ongoing.

Sick people in this outbreak reported tasting or eating raw cake batter made from a variety of cake mixes. A single brand or type of cake mix has not been linked to the illnesses.

CDC advises people not to eat raw cake batter, whether made from a mix or homemade. Eating raw cake batter can make you sick. Raw cake batter can contain harmful bacteria. Bacteria are killed only when raw batter is baked or cooked.

In case you are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as watery diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting; stomach cramps; and mild fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

To read the CDC announcement: cdc.gov

Source: CDC
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Diagnosis: E. Coli

Potential Hepatitis A exposure linked to Huddle House in Hamilton, AL

Huddle House, 210 River Rd Dr, Hamilton, AL 35570, USA

July 24, 2021 5:42 AM

“The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in cooperation with Huddle House in Hamilton, is warning anyone who consumed food, whether dine-in, pickup, or delivery at Huddle House, located at 210 River Road, Hamilton, Alabama, between the dates of July 9 through July 21, 2021, that may... See More have been potentially exposed to hepatitis A, as they are investigating a food handler who is infected with hepatitis A virus. ADPH is suggesting to these customers that may need the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin to reduce their chance of illness.

If you have eaten food prepared at Huddle House, located at 210 River Road, Hamilton, Alabama, between the dates of July 9 through July 21, 20211, contact your health care provider, pharmacy, or Marion County Health Department regarding getting the vaccine as soon as possible. You may also contact your local provider if you are uncertain about your past vaccine status.

If you are experiencing Hepatitis A symptoms like fever, jaundice, nausea, clay-colored stool, dark urine, malaise, abdominal discomfort, or vomiting, it is important to report it. It can help to detect and resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Check for more details on: alabamapublichealth.gov

Source: Alabama Public Health
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Diagnosis: Hepatitis A

July 22, 2021 4:26 PM

“The Health Department of Northwest Michigan staff are warning residents of several Norovirus outbreaks occurring in the area and are offering precautionary measures to keep summer dining experiences safe.

The Health Department advises that you can help protect yourself and others from norovirus by washing your hands... See More thoroughly with soap and water. You should also avoid preparing food for others, working in a daycare center, health care facility or food service establishment if you have gastrointestinal symptoms.

Considering that hand sanitizer does NOT work against this virus, it is important to wash your hands with soap frequently. Use bleach to clean and disinfect surfaces.

In case you experience vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea, report it now. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Source: nwhealth.org
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Diagnosis: Norovirus

July 22, 2021 5:45 PM

“The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning about a spike in illness associated with shellfish consumption in recent days. Five people have been sick with V. parahaemolyticus (vibriosis) in the last two weeks, according to the BCCDC.

The vibrio bacteria is naturally occurring in the ocean,... See More and grows in molluscan shellfish such as clams, oysters, and mussels. Here in B.C., shellfish harvesters are urged to check the BCCDC map before digging for clams, or collecting mussels and other shellfish to prevent serious illness.

In case you are experiencing vibrio symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, and chills, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Source: citynews1130.com
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Diagnosis: Vibrio

Potential Hepatitis A exposure linked to Applebee's in Montgomery, AL

Applebee's Grill + Bar, 3195 Taylor Rd, Montgomery, AL 36116, USA

July 21, 2021 9:46 PM

“The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in cooperation with Applebee’s Restaurant in Montgomery, is warning anyone who consumed food, whether dine-in, pickup, or delivery at Applebee’s, located at 3195 Taylor Road in Montgomery, Ala., between the dates of July 8 through July 16, 2021 that may... See More have been potentially exposed to hepatitis A, as they are investigating a food handler who is infected with hepatitis A virus. ADPH is suggesting to these customers that may need the hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin to reduce their chance of illness.

If you have eaten food prepared at Applebee’s, located at 3195 Taylor Road in Montgomery, Ala., between the dates of July 8 through July 16, 2021, contact your health care provider, pharmacy, or the Montgomery County Health Department regarding getting the vaccine as soon as possible. You may also contact your local provider if you are uncertain about your past vaccine status.

If you are experiencing Hepatitis A symptoms like fever, jaundice, nausea, clay-colored stool, dark urine, malaise, abdominal discomfort, or vomiting, it is important to report it. It can help to detect and resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

Check for more details on: alabamapublichealth.gov

Source: Alabama Public Health
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Diagnosis: Hepatitis A

E. Coli outbreak - Investigation ongoing

Symptoms: Vomiting Diarrhea Fever Cramps
PDQ Restaurant, United States

July 18, 2021 11:21 PM

“The FDA is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections. As of July 18, 2021, a total of 15 people infected with E. coli have been reported. No specific product has been linked to this investigation as of today. The investigation is ongoing.

In case you... See More are experiencing E. coli symptoms such as severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting and possibly low-grade fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

For more details, check the FDA outbreak investigations site: fda.gov

Source: FDA
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Diagnosis: E. Coli

Cyclospora outbreak - Investigation ongoing

Symptoms: Nausea Fever Vomiting Cramps Bloating Fatigue Gas
PDQ Restaurant, United States

July 18, 2021 11:21 PM

“The FDA is currently investigating an outbreak of Cyclospora infections. As of July 18, 2021, a total of 32 people infected with Cyclospora have been reported. No specific product has been linked to this investigation as of today. The investigation is ongoing.

In case you are experiencing... See More Cyclospora symptoms such as watery diarrhea (most common), cramping, bloating, increased gas, nausea, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and low-grade fever, it is important to report it. It can help to detect & resolve outbreaks early and prevent others from being harmed, and it enables better surveillance.

For more details, check the FDA outbreak investigations site: fda.gov

Source: FDA
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Diagnosis: Cyclospora