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USA – Hawaii – Norovirus Sickened More than 100 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

The Global Dispatch

An outbreak of the very contagious viral disease, norovirus, spread through the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Waikiki last Saturday, according to a KITV 4 report. The outbreak of the gastrointestinal bug has infected both guests and employees of the luxury resort.

Royal Hawaiian general manager, Kelly Hoen, apologized for the unpleasant situation, “We at the Royal Hawaiian are very sorry for having many of our guests and several of our associates that have gotten ill with the norovirus.”

Health officials say the outbreak is now under control. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page



USA – Food Safety News – 10 Biggest Outbreaks 2013

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Food Safety News has compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013. Please note that the list excludes Norovirus outbreaks and only includes pathogenic outbreaks associated with grocery products or restaurants. Also note that the actual number of outbreak cases is typically much higher than the quoted number due to many victims typically falling ill but never being reported.

USA – Foster Farms Sickens 416 to Date

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Salmonella on Foster Farms chicken has sickened at least 416 people in 23 states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics which may be a factor in the 40 percent  hospitalization rate for this outbreak, which is about twice the average.

The company has not issued a recall for the chicken and despite its plans to improve in October conditions at three plants associated with the outbreak, reports of illness continued through the end of November and perhaps beyond, according to the CDC.

USA – CDC – Solve the Outbreak App!


Are you ready to work your way closer to becoming a Disease Detective? CDC has released an update to Solve the Outbreak, the popular, free iPad app that puts you in the shoes of a member of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. The app now has twice as many outbreaks as before, giving you double the opportunity to have fun.

The immensely popular app has had fans clamoring for more. So if you’ve been stuck as an Apprentice, now’s your chance to work your way through the new outbreaks to earn more badges!

New Features

New, exciting features such as:

  • sound effects,
  • new levels, and
  • achievements.

Work hard to earn an achievement such as Clever Clogs and Smarty Pants; but beware of the Grim Reaper and Underachiever if you fail to Solve the Outbreak.

New Zealand Recall – Cheese Products Implicated in the Australian Listeria Outbreak

Ministry for Primary Industries

Jindi’ Brand Cheese  imported from Australia – includes brand names ‘Old Telegraph Road’ and ‘Top  Paddock’.

This is a precautionary recall due to an  outbreak of Listeriosis illness in Australia linked to other Jindi brand  products.

Whole Foods – Ricotta Salata – Listeria monocytogenes

Food Poisoning Bulletin

Whole Foods Market is recalling ricotta salata sold in 21 states and Washington D.C. because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This is an update of a previous recall. There is a nationwide outbreak caused by that bacteria that has sickened at least 18 people in 12 states and D.C

FSA – Salmonella Newport


The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been notified by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) of an outbreak of a strain of Salmonella Newport infection that is known to have affected more than 30 people in the UK.

Although it is too soon to say for certain what the likely cause of infection is, a potential link to watermelons has been identified.

One person has died in the outbreak, although they also had serious underlying health complications. The outbreak was first detected in early December 2011 and the most recently reported illness was at the end of that month.