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CDC: 358 Cyclospora Cases in 26 States Linked to Cilantro

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According to an update posted Friday, July 31, 2015, as of July 30, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had been notified of 358 ill persons with confirmed Cyclospora infection from 26 states so far this year. Most of them (199 people, or 56 percent) experienced the onset of illness on or after May 1,… Continue Reading

Sacramento County Investigating a Cluster of Likely E. Coli Cases

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A non-expanding cluster of seven likely E. coli O157:H7 cases is being investigated by the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokesperson Laura McCasland told Food Safety News that four of the seven who tested positive for E. coli first exhibited symptoms for the pathogen. McCasland said department investigators do not believe… Continue Reading

Update: WA Salmonella Cases Now at 90, CDC Team on Its Way

FSIS issues public health alert about pork, Salmonella

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Update: The total case count in this outbreak is 90 as of July 31, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The outbreak of Salmonella infections that may be linked to pork products has grown to 90 cases in several counties around the state, according to a statement posted Friday by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH)…. Continue Reading

Infected Food Handler Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak at Don Antonio’s

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An ill food handler was the likely source of the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak at Don Antonio’s, the popular West Los Angeles Mexican restaurant, that this past March 18-20 infected 23 diners, according to reports from the state and country public health departments. Alternatively referred to as “Restaurant A” by the county and Don Antonio’s in… Continue Reading

Nevada Prison Reports Three Inmates May Be Infected With E. Coli

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Three inmates at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada may be infected with some strain of E. coli. Nevada public health officials say that one case is confirmed and two more are suspected at the prison best known for housing former football star O.J. Simpson. Lovelock is located about 100 miles northeast of Reno. It is… Continue Reading

70 Sickened in May WI Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Pork Carnitas

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The final case count for the Salmonella outbreak in Kenosha County, WI, in May was 70 people. The illnesses, first reported to the Kenosha County Division of Health (KCDOH) on May 14, were eventually linked to pork carnitas sold at Supermercado Los Corrales during Mother’s Day weekend (May 8-10, 2015). A public health nurse conducted… Continue Reading

CDC: 12 Illnesses Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrées

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Update: This article on the ongoing chicken entreé outbreak was updated on the evening of Wednesday, July 29, to reflect a new case count. Original story below: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its investigation into one of two separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw, frozen, stuffed chicken entreés produced by Barber Foods…. Continue Reading

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Declared Over With 1 Death, 280 Illnesses

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As of July 8, 2015, the Salmonella outbreak connected with the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC, has been designated as over with at least 280 people sickened, according to a July 28 case count. One person died. The designation was announced after two incubation periods (six days for most Salmonella cases) had passed without… Continue Reading

IAFP 2015: Experts May Have Determined How Caramel Apples Caused That Listeria Outbreak

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In November 2014, health officials began investigating two concerning clusters of Listeria infections that seemed to be related. The two strains of bacteria had already killed at least five people and hospitalized a few dozen others by the time they got on the case, and they wanted to find the source and stop it as quickly as… Continue Reading

Citing Fecal Contamination, FDA Issues Import Alert for Some Mexican Cilantro

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Import Alert on Tuesday about cilantro from the state of Puebla, Mexico, due to concerns about fecal contamination which investigators reportedly found in fields and in cleaning and processing facilities in that area. The alert affects cilantro being imported to the United States between April 1-Aug. 31,… Continue Reading