Category Archives: foodbourne outbreak

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

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Latest Outbreak Information
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At A Glance

 

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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.

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.

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

USA – Butterball Ground Turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund Outbreak Sickens 6

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The Butterball ground turkey Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak first reported in a USDA recall notice has sickened 6 people in 3 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Canada – Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Chicken in Canada Grows Again

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The Salmonella outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen breaded raw chicken and other raw chicken products has now grown to include 555 sick as of March 1, 2019. So far, twelve products have been recalled in association with this outbreak.

Norway – Dried fruit mix suspected as cause of Norway’s ongoing Salmonella outbreak

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One brand of dry exotic fruit mix has been found to be linked to a growing Salmonella Agbeni outbreak in Norway.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseinstituttet) reported there are 21 confirmed and nine possible cases in an update from the 11 confirmed and 12 suspected infections this past week.

The agency is investigating with local authorities, the Veterinary Institute, and the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) to confirm the suspected link. The public health officials report it is too early to conclude the fruit mix is the source of infection.

However, several people who became ill reported eating the fruit mix. Product samples have been sent for analysis but results will not be available until next week.