Category Archives: foodborne disease

USA – CDC – Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey Products – One Death

CDC

CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to raw turkey products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is monitoring the outbreak.

  • Seventy-four more ill people from 26 states were added to this investigation since the last update on July 19, 2018.
  • As of November 5, 2018, 164 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 35 states.
    • 63 people have been hospitalized, and one death has been reported from California.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence(https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/index.html) indicates that raw turkey products from a variety of sources are contaminated with Salmonella Reading and are making people sick.
  • In interviews, ill people report eating different types and brands of turkey products purchased from many different locations. Three ill people lived in households where raw turkey pet food was fed to pets.
  • The outbreak strain has been identified in samples taken from raw turkey pet food, raw turkey products, and live turkeys.
  • A single, common supplier of raw turkey products or of live turkeys has not been identified.
  • The outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading is present in live turkeys and in many types of raw turkey products, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry. CDC and USDA-FSIS have shared this information with representatives from the turkey industry and asked about steps that they may be taking to reduce Salmonella contamination.

 

Zambia – 38 QUARANTINED FOR FOOD BORNE DISEASE

ZNBC

Thirty-eight children from the Natebe Luvale Mukanda camp in Livingstone have been quarantined for a suspected food borne disease.

Livingstone District Health Director Tino Maliselo has confirmed to ZNBC news in Livingstone that most of the children are quarantined at the Namatama Health Post.

Dr. Maliselo said the situation is under control and that laboratory investigations are being carried out to ascertain the disease.

He adds that his team is assessing the health situation in the traditional initiation camp known traditionally as the Mukanda.

And some parents have called for the immediate release of their children from the traditional camp.

USA – Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Gravel Ridge Farms Shell Eggs – Final Update

CDC

  • As of October 25, 2018, this outbreak appears to be over.
  • Forty-four people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis were reported from 11 states.
    • Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 17, 2018 to August 26, 2018.
    • Twelve people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence(https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/outbreaks/investigating-outbreaks/index.html) indicated that shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms were the likely source of the outbreak.
  • On September 8, 2018, Gravel Ridge Farms recalled cage-free large eggs with use by dates of July 25, 2018 through October 3, 2018 because they might have been contaminated with Salmonella.

 

USA – JBS Ground Beef Salmonella Outbreak

Food Poison Journal Salm2

Sixty-three more ill people from 14 states were added to this investigation since the last update on October 4, 2018. Six more states reported ill people: Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington.

As of October 23, 2018, 120 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 22 states.  Arizona 21, California 27, Colorado 23, Hawaii 1, Idaho 2, Iowa 1, Illinois 1, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Kentucky 1, Minnesota 1, Montana 5, New Mexico 1, Nevada 3, Ohio 2, Oklahoma 4, Oregon 1, South Dakota 6, Texas 2, Utah 9, Washington 3, Wyoming 4.

Thirty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Food Poison Journal

Sixty-three more ill people from 14 states were added to this investigation since the last update on October 4, 2018. Six more states reported ill people: Hawaii, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington.

As of October 23, 2018, 120 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 22 states.  Thirty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

South Africa – South Africa declares end to largest ever Listeria outbreak

Food Safety News

The largest ever detected Listeria outbreak in known history is over, according to officials in South Africa.

Between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 17, 2018, South Africa recorded 1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis, including 216 deaths.

The outbreak was linked to a ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat plant owned by Tiger Brands, the Enterprise Foods production facility in Polokwane. However, investigators for the government and in the private sector have not been able to determine how the outbreak strain was introduced in the affected factory.

A total of 12 million South African rand ($810,000) was spent to deal with the outbreak.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gave processed meats the all clear at a media briefing on Monday.

“A team of World Health Organization, international and local experts (have) agreed that because no cases of listeriosis due to the outbreak strain have been identified since the first week of June 2018, and that over the last two months the incidence rate of laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases has dropped to pre-outbreak levels, the outbreak of listeriosis is over,” Motsoaledi said

Listeriosis cases have been recorded for 40 years in South Africa. There have been between 60 and 80 cases every year for the past five years.

 

Research – What Sparked An E. Coli Outbreak In Lettuce? Scientists Trace A Surprising Source

NPR

The illnesses started appearing in late March. Here and there, across the country, people were checking themselves in to hospitals, sick from toxic E. coli bacteria. At least 200 people got sick. Five of them died.

Investigators quickly identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak, but have had trouble pinpointing the cause for months. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has a theory for how E. coli ended up on that lettuce. According to the FDA, it probably came from a large cattle feedlot at one end of a valley near Yuma, Ariz., which is one of the country’s biggest lettuce-growing areas.

The finding has put lettuce growers in Yuma in a tough spot. The feedlot has been their neighbor for many years. Some vegetable farmers are wondering whether they can still co-exist with all those cattle nearby

India – Around 100 MIT-ADT students hospitalised for food poisoning

Pune Mirror

Soon after lunch in the institute’s mess on Tuesday, they complained of vomiting, diarrhoea

In a shocking case of food poisoning, as many as 100 students of MIT-ADT University in Loni Kalbhor complained of diarrhoea, vomiting and stomachache after they consumed meals served in the institute’s mess on Tuesday. Most of the students have been admitted to Vishwaraj Hospital in the area for their complications that developed after eating lunch.

As per routine, engineering students and pupils of the Maharashtra Academy of Naval Education and Training (MANET) and International School of Broadcasting and Journalism (ISBJ) went to eat their lunch in the mess. They consumed dal, rice, chapatti, peas and gulab jamun for sweets. Around 4 pm, some of the pupils started complaining of vomiting and diarrhoea. This number slowly started increasing. This was when seniors started admitting junior students to the hospital.