Category Archives: water microbiology

Sweden – Sweden -Cryptosporidium outbreak tops 300 cases since October

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In a follow-up on a previous report on the Cryptosporidium outbreak in Sweden, the Public Health Authority, or Folkhalsomyndigheten, report more than 300 cases of cryptosporidiosis in October and November.

The good news is while the number of cases are still unusually high, the number of reported cases has decreased.

 

France -Cryptosporidium outbreak reported in Alpes-Maritimes, France

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The Agence régionale de santé Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (ARS Paca) is reporting (computer translated) a Cryptosporodium outbreak in Grasse and several surrounding municipalities of the Alpes-Maritimes.

Since October 7, at least 92 cases of diarrhea caused by a parasite. There is a suspicion of contamination in the Grasse sector, supplied with water by the Foulon canal (west of the Alpes-Maritimes), which could have been contaminated following heavy rainfall.

Officials recommended as a precaution to drink only bottled water or to boil the tap water before consume it or use it to prepare food.

 

Europe -How Common is Legionnaires’ Disease in Europe?

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In this article the water safety experts at Legionella Control International ask the question… how common is Legionnaires’ disease in Europe, and what can be done to prevent it? It examines data from the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) including records of how many people catch Legionnaires’ disease in Europe, and typical mortality rates. It then looks at what key steps can be taken to control the spread of the disease, including legionella risk assessment and the development and implementation of a Water Safety Plan or WSP.

Sweden -Sweden reports increase in Cryptosporidium, most in Stockholm

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Swedish health officials, aka Folkhalsomyndigheten have reported an increase in the parasitic infection, cryptosporidiosis in recent weeks, particularly in November.

About half of the country’s regions have reported cases in all ages, but primarily in adults. Most cases are seen in the Stockholm region.

The Public Health Agency and the National Food Agency have started an outbreak investigation to identify if there are one or more common sources of infection that are unknown so far. As part of the investigation, cases are interviewed about what they ate and drank before they became ill.

USA – Elmira Legionnaires Outbreak

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13 Elmira residents are recovering from Legionnaires’ disease.  The Chemung County Department of Health and the New York State Department of Health are investigating the Elmira Legionnaires Outbreak.  Legionnaires disease is a serious and often deadly lung disease.  Overall, 10% of Americans who develop Legionnaires disease die.

A cooling tower at Elmira Heat Treating may be the source of this Legionnaires outbreak.  Cooling towers are a common source of Legionnaires disease outbreaks. Elmira Heat Treating has three cooling towers.  One cooling tower tested positive for Legionnaires disease.

USA – East Texas State Fair Linked to Legionnaires’ Outbreak

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12 people may have developed Legionnaires’ disease in the East Texas State Fair Legionnaires Outbreak.  The Northeast Texas Public Health District alerts the public in East Texas that:

Anyone who attended the East Texas State Fair in Tyler during September 2019 and is sick due to symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease is urged to discuss Legionnaires’ disease with your health care provider immediately.

Public health investigators are working to identify how the outbreak happened.  7 confirmed cases of Legionnaires Disease and 5 possible cases have been linked to the East Texas State Fair, which was help on September 20th – September 29th.

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that, “state health investigators have determined that all who are sick attended the East Texas State Fair that took place Sept. 20-29 in Tyler. If exposed to the disease, attendees already would have exhibited symptoms.”

RASFF Alert -Escherichia coli -Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Enterococcus – Still and Sparkling Bottled Water

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RASFF – Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa (>100 CFU/250ml) and Enterococcus in still and sparkling bottled water from Ireland in Ireland