Category Archives: Food Virus

USA – Roadhouse 100 Restaurant linked to Hepatitis A problem

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According to press reports an employee who handles food at the Roadhouse 100 restaurant on Missouri Highway 100 in the unincorporated community of Gray Summit was diagnosed with hepatitis A, officials with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday. Anyone who ate at Roadhouse 100 between June 23 and July 5 is advised to receive the hepatitis A vaccination within 14 days to prevent illness.

The incident is being investigated by the Franklin County Health Department.

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus – Live Oysters – Live Clams

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RASFF – norovirus (genogroup II) in live oysters from France in Spain

RASFF – norovirus (GI /2g) in live oysters (Crassostrea gigas) from France in Spain

RASFF – norovirus (GI and GII /2g) in live venus clams (Chamelea gallina) from Italy in Spain

USA – Lawrenceville GA Wendy’s Restaurant Worker Tests Positive For Hepatitis A

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A food worker at the Wendy’s at 165 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville, Georgia, near Atlanta, has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to the Gwinnett County Health Department. That person worked there between June 13 and June 29, 2019.

USA – Another USA Food Worker with Hepatitis A – Piccolo Italian Market and Deli worker found Hepatitis A Positive

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The Sarasota County Health Department (CHD) has identified a case of Hepatitis A in a food service worker in Sarasota. Following laboratory confirmation on July 3, Sarasota CHD immediately began conducting an epidemiological investigation and today determined that the individual worked at Piccolo Italian Market & Deli located at 6518 Gateway Avenue while infectious.

Research – Investigators Discover Antibody Capable of Inhibiting Multiple Strains of Norovirus

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A team of investigators has made a key discovery that could make a vaccine for the norovirus a reality.

A study published in the journal Immunity describes how a research team discovered an antibody that is capable of broadly inhibiting several strains of pandemic norovirus.

“In order to design an effective vaccine for norovirus, scientists needed to identify a neutralizing antibody that could work against many strains of the virus, as well as strains that will circulate in the future,” Ralph Baric, PhD, an author on the study, said in a press release. “This information can now be used to build better human vaccines.”

Human noroviruses are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis and account for nearly 1 in 5 cases of diarrhea and vomiting. Estimates from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that noroviruses cause approximately 200,000 deaths per year, which mostly occur in infants, children, and the elderly.

Although there are more than 30 genotypes of human norovirus, approximately 60% of outbreaks are caused by GII.4 genotype strains, which have caused periodic human pandemics.

The study team comprised investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of Texas at Austin, and the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center. The team says that the most important discovery of their research is that a human antibody can bind to a conserved region of the virus that is common in the various strains, potentially neutralizing all GII.4 strains of norovirus that exist in nature.

USA – Hepatitis A identified in Ugly Grouper employee, Vaccines offered today and tomorrow

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Manatee County health officials announced Wednesday of a hepatitis A case in a food service worker at the Ugly Grouper restaurant located at 5704 Marina Drive  in Holmes Beach.

The Manatee County Health Department (CHD) advises if you frequented this restaurant prior to June 22 and have not previously been vaccinated for Hepatitis A, you should consider being vaccinated at your local county health department or primary care physician’s office.

RASFF Alerts – Norovirus – Live Venus Clams

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RASFF – norovirus (GI and GII /2g) in live venus clams (Chamelea gallina) from Italy in Spain

RASFF – norovirus (GI, GII /2g) in live venus clams (Chamelea gallina) from Italy in Spain