Category Archives: Food Virus

Research – Norovirus: New study sheds light on outbreaks

Outbreak News Today Norovirus Food Safety kswfoodworld

Outbreaks of norovirus in health care settings and outbreaks caused by a particular genotype of the virus are more likely to make people seriously ill, according to a new study in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Based on an analysis of nearly 3,800 U.S. outbreaks from 2009 to 2016, the research confirms several factors that can make norovirus outbreaks more severe and may help guide efforts to develop a vaccine to prevent this highly contagious disease.

RASFF Alerts – Norovrius – Bouchot Mussels


RASFF-norovirus in live bouchot mussels (Mytilus edulis) from France in Italy

Sweden/Austria – Hepatitis A outbreak linked to imported frozen strawberries by sequencing, Sweden and Austria, June to September 2018


Hepatitis A virus is an important cause of food-borne diseases and has been associated with several European outbreaks linked to berries [14]. Here, we describe an ongoing outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) in Sweden and Austria and the confirmation of frozen strawberries imported from Poland as the source of infection. The aims are to highlight the importance of sequencing in outbreak investigations and, due to the long shelf-life of the food vehicle, to increase awareness and warnings towards HAV infections related to frozen strawberries in Europe

On 14 June 2018, the Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS) received a notification from the Regional Office of Communicable Disease Control and Prevention of a suspected local outbreak of HAV in County A with five cases. An epidemiological investigation was initiated by county A together with PHAS and the National Food Agency (NFA).

Between 11 June and 27 July 2018, 20 confirmed and probable cases were reported from six counties

RASFF Alert – Norovirus – Boiled Whole Clam


RASFF-norovirus (GII) in frozen boiled whole clam (Meretrix lyrata) from Thailand in Portugal

USA – Employee at McDonald’s in Owenton, Kentucky Diagnosed with Hepatitis A

Food Poisoning Bulletin

An employee at the McDonald’s at 506 South Main Street in Owenton, Kentucky has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to a press release from the Three Rivers District Health Department. Officials recommend that people in Carroll, Gallatin, Owen, and Pendleton Counties get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccine.

That employee worked at that facility from August 16 through August 27, 2018. That is within the two week time frame when a vaccine can help protect against the disease. If you or anyone you know ate at that McDonald’s restaurant during that time frame, they should get a shot.The McDonald’s management is cooperating with this investigation. The restaurant has been disinfected and employees told to get vaccinations and to tell management if they are sick.


UK – Manchester Hepatitis A outbreak infects staff at two restaurants

BBC News

Staff at two Manchester restaurants have fallen ill during an outbreak of hepatitis A.

Three staff members were discovered to have the liver virus at Dukes 92 and Albert’s Shed in the city centre’s Castlefield area.

Public Health England said the public risk was “very low”, and immunisation was being offered to people who have had close contact with those infected.

The restaurants’ parent firm said the source of the infection was “unclear”.

Lucy McCarthy, operations director of Elle R Leisure, said the restaurants remained open, adding: “Public Health England have inspected our premises and are completely satisfied with the site and our procedures.

“We’re doing everything we can to help them and the members of the team who have been affected.”

PHE said it was not aware of any customers being affected.

Dr Caroline Rumble, of PHE North West’s health protection team, said: “As a precaution we are offering immunisation to those we have identified as having had close contact with the cases to prevent the spread of infection.”

USA – Miami Township Taco Bell Employee Diagnosed With Hepatitis A

Food Poisoning Bulletin

An employee of the Miami Township Taco Bell restaurant, which is located at 889 State Route 28 in Milford, Ohio has been diagnosed with hepatitis A, according to Clermont County Public Health. That employee worked at that restaurant on August 15, 16, and 17, 2018.

It’s still early enough that anyone who ate at that restaurant on those days can get a hepatitis A or immune globulin vaccination to prevent this illness. The type of vaccination given depends on several factors, including the age of the patient and their health. For instance, anyone who has chronic liver disease or is immunocompromised would receive the immune globulin vaccine. These vaccines are only effective if given within two weeks of exposure to the pathogenic virus.