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USA – Outbreak of E. coli Infections – E.coli O103 STEC

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  • A total of 109 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states.
    • Seventeen people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
  • Preliminary epidemiologic information suggests that ground beef is the source of this outbreak.
    • Ill people in this outbreak report eating ground beef at home and in restaurants.
    • Traceback investigations are ongoing to determine the source of ground beef supplied to grocery stores and restaurant locations where ill people ate.
  • At this time, no common supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef has been identified.
  • CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid eating ground beef at this time. Consumers and restaurants should handle ground beef safely and cook it thoroughly to avoid foodborne illness.
  • At this time, CDC is not recommending that retailers stop serving or selling ground beef.
  • This is a rapidly evolving investigation. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

USA – Norovirus Outbreak Associated with Dave and Buster’s in Auburn, WA

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norovirus outbreak associated with Dave and Buster’s restaurant at 1101 Outlet Collection Way SW, Suite 1057, in Auburn, Washington has sickened at least 12 people, according to King County Public Health. Since April 5, 2019, five people from a single party reported illnesses after eating at that facility on March 31, 2019.

USA – E. coli O103 Outbreak Sickens 96 in 5 States; No Source Found

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An E. coli O103 outbreak sickens 96 in 5 states, according to the CDC. The outbreak was first announced less than two weeks ago and the number of patients has more than quadrupled in 10 days. Eleven people have been hospitalized. No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure that is a complication of this illness

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Canada – Canada Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Sixty-three

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Canadian health officials are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella in six provinces that has sickened 63 people, including 18 who have been hospitalized and two deaths.

People who became ill range in age from one to 87. Individuals became sick between November and March.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said the breakdown of known cases as of Friday includes 23 people in B.C., ten people each in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. There are eight cases in Saskatchewan and two in Quebec.

The agency said the source of the bacterial infection has not been identified.

USA – Outbreak of E. coli Infections – Latest Outbreak Information

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Latest Outbreak Information
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At A Glance
  • As of April 4, 2019, 72 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from five states.
    • Eight people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or deaths have been reported.
  • This investigation is still ongoing and a specific food item, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections.
  • CDC is not recommending that consumers avoid any particular food at this time. Restaurants and retailers are not advised to avoid serving or selling any particular food.
  • This is a rapidly evolving investigation. We will update our advice if a source is identified.

Uganda – UN’s Super Cereal Suspected in Food Poisoning in Uganda

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Uganda has stopped nationwide distribution of a United Nations food supplement called Super Cereal after two people died and more than 90 others came down with food poisoning.

The fortified porridge is suspected of making people in the northeastern Karamoja region ill last week.

“A big number of those were hospitalized with mental confusion and vomiting,” Ugandan Disaster Preparedness Minister Musa Ecweru said Monday.

Victims include 12 children younger than five.

The World Food Program, which sent the cereal along with sugar and oil to the Ugandan region, has not confirmed reports of the deaths. But it said it treats the situation with “extreme urgency.”

It has sent samples of the cereal to laboratories for tests.

The WFP said Super Cereal “aims to improve nutrition among pregnant or breastfeeding women by preventing stunting or treating life-threatening malnutrition.”

USA – Salmonella Outbreak at Grille at Gold Dust West in Nevada Sickens 17

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A Salmonella outbreak at Grille at Gold Dust West in Elko, Nevada has sickened at least 17 people, according to news reports. There is no information about this outbreak on the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health