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The New York Department of Health has issued a notice that two people have been linked to a Queens New York Legionnaires Outbreak. NYC Health reported that two people have been sickened in Queens within the past 12 months at 20-02, 20-04, 20-06, 20-08, 20-10 and 20-12 Seagirt Boulevard. According to its notice: “The risk of getting sick from a building’s water system is very low, especially for healthy people” according to NYC Health commissioner…
News of an outbreak of three cases of Legionnaires’ disease and a hotel shut down broke last night as the Georgia Department of Health announced its involvement in an outbreak investigation. Here’s what we know about the Sheraton Atlanta Legionnaires Outbreak: The Investigation The state is working in collaboration with the Fulton County Board of Health on this investigation. According to its representative: “The Georgia Department of Public Health is working with the Fulton County…
Recalls for flour.  Recalls for eggs, ground beef, and more.  Every time you turn around there is another recall.  But how exactly does a recall work?  What goes into a recall?  Some of the downline notifications are fairly standard, but each recall is as unique as the product and circumstance. Recalls Happen for Many Reasons Recalls can happen for many reasons.  Sometimes the manufacture discovers the problem and initiates a recall.  Sometimes a consumer or…
Have you ever heard of Guillain-Barre Syndrome?  Chances are, you probably haven’t.  Unless you or someone you know was diagnosed with it.  While there are several ways to contract this horrible illness, one of the lesser known modes of transmission is through food. Yes.  That’s what I said.  Food. Guillain-Barre Syndrome is a type of auto-immune illness where the immune system attacks the body’s nervous system.  This affects the nerves, primarily through the limbs, and…
Around 80 people or more have now reported contracting parasitic illness after eating out at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. The restaurant is located in the Markets at the Town Center near St. Johns Town Center. Many told a local TV news outlet that their parasitic illness has lasted for weeks. Some have been confirmed infected with Cyclospora parasite. On Tuesday, it was reported that around 30 people fell sick after consuming…
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that the agency is actively investigating a cluster of six Legionella cases in the greater Bangor area. Here is what we currently know about this potential Bangor Maine Legionnaires Outbreak: The Investigation According to the press release, “Maine CDC is actively investigating to try to identify a common exposure among the cases or determine whether they are coincidental. Health care providers have diagnosed approximately one…
The New York State Department of Health announced yesterday that it is working in collaboration with the Albany County Department of Health, Montgomery County Public Health, Saratoga County Public Health and Schenectady County Public Health Services, on investigating reports of multiple cases of Cyclosporiasis. It looks like there’s a new outbreak out there. Here’s what we know about this New York Cyclospora Outbreak: Potential Outbreak. Real Cases. According to the New York Department of Health’s…
Have you heard of poppy seed tea? Perhaps you use it occasionally to help you sleep at night? Apparently, it’s very dangerous to drink poppy seed tea, and at least 12 people have died from it. Here’s the low down on Poppy Seed Tea danger: OK, so what’s the deal here? The poppy flower is a gorgeous creation with large leaves and a big dark center, similar in appearance to the stunning anemone.…
According to CBS news, two residents of Manhattan Plaza, 400 West 43rd Street, have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease.  People ages 50 and older, with chronic lung disease or weakened immune systems are especially vulnerable to Legionnaires’ disease. Here’s what we currently know about the Manhattan Plaza Legionnaires Disease Outbreak. What the Health Department Thinks? In a letter to tenants, NYC Health Department Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, M.D. wrote, “The New York City Health Department…
Put down that burger. There’s another Ecoli outbreak linked to burgers – well this time, a burger joint.  The news just broke that an adult and two children have tested positive for Ecoli after eating at a Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews in Westminster, Colorado. Here’s what we know about the Red Robin Ecoli Outbreak: The Outbreak What little we know on the outbreak is as follows: Three people have confirmed Ecoli illnesses, two…