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A bacterial illness is plaguing day-care centers in central Ohio, and health officials warn it could spread if parents aren’t vigilant. The Columbus Dispatch reports Wednesday that the number of reported cases of shigella more than doubled in September in Franklin County, which includes Columbus. There have been 435 cases, compared with reported numbers in the teens the past two years. The disease causes diarrhea and is easily spread if care isn’t taken when changing…
Since May, the Douglas County Health Department has investigated 50 confirmed cases of Shigella sonnei (shigellosis) infection, including four that involved hospitalizations. In eight of the nine previous years, Douglas County reported 31 or fewer cases. Symptoms of shigellosis can range from loose, watery stools with no other symptoms to bloody diarrhea with fever and cramps. People experiencing diarrhea should remain home from school or work until at least 24 hours after their symptoms…
The Okaloosa County Health Department (OCHD) is reporting an increase in Shigella cases county-wide, with 49 laboratory confirmed and probable cases since the beginning of this year. Since 2000, Okaloosa County has averaged 3 cases of Shigella per year (range 0 – 7). The health department has been working diligently to implement prevention and control measures with child care centers, community health care providers, congregate living facilities, and the Department of Children and Families. Shigella…
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Shah Trading Co. Ltd. are warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, serve or use the Spice Kingdom brand dried Egyptian Basil described below because the product may be contaminated with Salmonella. The affected product, Spice Kingdom brand BASIL – EGYPTIAN, 30M, Whole, Fancy, bearing Lot No. 4685/E, was sold in bulk 25 kg (55 lbs) bags to cash & carry outlets, restaurants,…
A total of 76 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 22 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), California (2), Colorado (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Indiana (9), Iowa (2), Kansas (10), Kentucky (1), Massachusetts (2), Missouri (24), Nebraska (8), Nevada (1), New York (1), North Carolina (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (4), South Dakota (1), Texas (1), Vermont…
The Outbreak In late October 2011 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. The outbreak was identified through routine surveillance of reported salmonellosis conducted by the CDC. Several states were reporting a spike in case patients infected with Salmonella Enteritidis strain JEGX01.0008/JEGA26.0032, a designation assigned by PulseNet, a database of foodborne pathogen genetic test results maintained at the CDC.…
Hannaford Stores in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont named as one retail outlet linked to Cargill Meat Solutions recall of 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.  Twenty were sickened in 2011 by Hannaford ground beef tainted with Salmonella – See, Hannaford Hamburger Ground Beef 2011. The products subject to recall, sold wholesale and for further processing: • 14 pound chub packages of “Grnd…
Past Cargill Salmonella Outbreaks: 136 Ill – Cargill Meat Solutions Ground Turkey 2011 2 Ill – Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef November, 2009 68 Ill – Beef Packers, Inc., Cargill, Ground Beef June, 2009 47 Ill – Emmpak/Cargill Ground Beef January, 2002 Are we seeing another one? Cargill Beef, a business unit of Wichita-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, today announced an immediate Class I voluntary recall of approximately 29,339 pounds of 85-percent-lean, fresh, ground…
The number of Onondaga County residents sickened by a gastrointestinal illness that surfaced in late June has climbed to 55 and public health officials still have not identified the source of the outbreak. Children under 10 account for about half of the 55 confirmed and probable cases of shigellosis, a bacterial infection, said Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Onondaga County’s health commissioner. Many people who are infected develop fever, painful blood or mucous diarrhea, fever and stomach…