Category Archives: Death

South Africa -Listeriosis: Four more killed, death toll approaches 200

The South African

More than 16 months after this listeriosis outbreak began, the disease is still claiming lives across South Africa.

Although the amount of deaths per week is on the decline, listeriosis remains a highly dangerous threat. On 4 March, the source of the outbreak was traced back to Enterprise Foods’ Polokwane facility.

Full product recalls were issued for all ready-to-eat foods produced by both Enterprise Foods and Rainbow Chicken.

How many people has Listeriosis killed?

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) released a report over the weekend which now places the death toll at 193 – that’s four more fatalities in the last week.

The disease particularly affects elderly citizens and neo-natal infants – babies aged 28 days or less. A staggering 81 deaths attributed to this outbreak have been of newborns.

 

France- Morbier and Mont d’Or cheese behind 10 deaths in France – 2015-2016 – Salmonella

Ten people died and another 80 fell ill in France after eating contaminated Morbier and Mont d’Or cheese in a salmonella outbreak that health authorities knew about, a new report has revealed.

An investigation by France Inter radio said the two cheeses made in the Franche-Comté region in the east of the country from unpasteurised milk were at the root of the outbreak in late 2015 and early 2016.

The investigation produced a document which showed that in January 2016 national health authorities had discovered an unusually high number of salmonella contaminations in France that was centred on Franche-Comté.

Five cheese making companies in the region, between them making 60 different brands, were later identified as being at the source of the contaminations that began in November 2015 and continued until April the following year.

Those who died in the outbreak were old people who were physically weak or who suffered from another illness.

Ireland – Woman died due to Salmonella after Communion function, inquest told

RTE

A woman who contracted food poisoning at a First Communion function died due to salmonella, an inquest has heard.

Investigations into the outbreak are continuing, an inquest into the death of 55-year-old mother of one Sandra O’Brien heard.

Ms O’Brien, from Rivervalley, Swords, Co Dublin died on 21 May, 2017 following the consumption of food prepared at O’Dwyer’s Bar and Grill, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin.

Ms O’Brien’s husband, Garda Sgt Michael O’Brien, attended a short inquest hearing into her death at Dublin Coroner’s Court.

Investigations by two separate authorities are ongoing into the salmonella outbreak, the inquest heard.

Tanzania – Rukwa Controls Cholera ‘Fully’

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Sumbawanga — RUKWA region has officially declared that cholera has been fully controlled and that the lives of citizens in the Lake Rukwa Basin in Sumbawanga District are safe. Latest reports had it that the deadly disease that started on November 15 , last year and lasted for 108 days killed nine people.

A total of 403 victims were diagnosed with the disease. The Sumbawanga District Medical Officer (DMO) , Dr Fani Mussa, told the “Daily News” at the weekend that the most affected wards include Mfinga, Kalumbaleza, Muze, Mwadui and Mtowisa along the Lake Rukwa Basin in Sumbawanga District.

Dr Mussa said measures taken to address the outbreak of the disease worked well and subsequently the disease has been controlled. “Efforts taken to address the outbreak of the disease included enlightening people on proper hygiene.

USA – Utah Hepatitis A – Second Death

Food Poison Journal

The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) announced today that two county residents have died due to Utah’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak. The first death occurred in January but due to other health conditions affecting the individual, officials were waiting on confirmatory tests to declare an official cause of death. The second death occurred in late March.

Ireland – Woman died from food poisoning due to Salmonella, inquest hears

Extra IE

A woman who contracted food poisoning at a First Communion function died due to salmonella, an inquest heard.

Investigations into the outbreak are continuing, an inquest into the death of 55-year-old mother of one Sandra O’Brien heard.

Mrs O’Brien, from Rivervalley, Swords, Co Dublin died on May 21 last following the consumption of food prepared at O’Dwyers Pub, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Co Dublin.

Australia – Rockmelon Listeria Death Toll Rise to Six

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A NSW woman in her 90s with significant underlying health conditions has passed away from listeriosis taking the number of deaths linked to contaminated rockmelon to six – three people from NSW and three from Victoria.The total number of people affected nationwide remains at 19.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health said the woman had developed listeriosis before the outbreak was identified.

“There have been no new cases notified associated with the outbreak in NSW since 19 February when it was first identified,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“It is still possible that more cases will be linked to the outbreak given the incubation period for the disease is up to 70 days, however there is no ongoing risk of listeriosis from rockmelons now on sale.