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Home-Canned Potatoes Served at Potluck Probably Caused Botulism Outbreak

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Ohio public health officials announced Monday that potato salad containing home-canned potatoes was the likely cause of a recent botulism outbreak following a potluck luncheon at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, OH. They said that their conclusion was based on lab tests and interviews with those who attended the potluck on… Continue Reading

Ohio Botulism Outbreak: 1 Dead, 23 Hospitalized After Potluck

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The death that occurred earlier this week in connection with a church potluck luncheon in Lancaster, OH, was of a 54-year-old woman, a Columbus newspaper has reported. The botulism anti-toxin was shipped overnight to local hospitals, but it wouldn’t have saved the woman who died because she was so critically ill, according to Dr. Andrew… Continue Reading

25 Salmonella Cases Possibly Linked to Raw Tuna Sushi in California

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There are 18 confirmed cases of Salmonella Paratyphi in Southern California, including seven in Los Angeles County, four in Orange and Ventura counties, two in Riverside County, and one in Santa Barbara County. Seven other people sickened are from other states but had traveled to the area, according to the Ventura County Public Health Department. Five have… Continue Reading

Botulism Suspected: Two Adults From New Mexico Hospitalized in Texas

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The New Mexico Department of Health is cooperating with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on an investigation of two patients who are hospitalized in Texas with suspected botulism. The source is currently being investigated but is likely contaminated food, according to NM officials. The… Continue Reading

12 Sickened in Canada From E. Coli Possibly Linked to Leafy Greens

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Canada’s Public Health Agency is investigating an outbreak of E. col O157:H7 possibly linked to leafy greens (lettuces, kale, spinach, arugula or chard). According to a statement released by the agency on Wednesday, there are currently 12 people sickened in four provinces (Alberta, 9; Saskatchewan, 1; Ontario, 1, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 1). Illness onset dates range… Continue Reading

Update: 38 Salmonella Cases Linked to Catered Events at Arizona Winery

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Catered events on March 18 and 19 at the Windmill Winery in Florence, AZ, have now been linked to 38 suspected Salmonella cases, according to the Pinal County Public Health Services District. The first report of illness related to a March 19 wedding was called in April 1 by the bride’s mother. Four wedding participants were reportedly… Continue Reading

Officials Suspend License of Idaho Restaurant Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

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An Idaho restaurant was reportedly shut down by local health officials on Thursday due to ongoing health code violations and its suspected connection with a recent foodborne illness outbreak. Pho Tam, a Vietnamese restaurant located at 1098 N. Orchard St. in Boise, has been linked to a recent Salmonella Schwarzengrund outbreak that has sickened at least five people. The… Continue Reading

CDC Update: 8 Sickened in Blue Bell-Linked Listeria Outbreak

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According to an update Wednesday night from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been eight people sickened by strains of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Blue Bell Creameries products in Kansas and Texas. The outbreak now consists of two clusters of illnesses that are likely linked to Blue Bell brand ice cream. Cluster 1… Continue Reading

CDC: Shigella Infections Becoming Resistant to Recommended Antibiotic

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Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a greater proportion of Shigella infections in the United States are now resistant to a very important antibiotic. Shigella causes an estimated 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually and is transmitted easily from person to person and through contaminated food and recreational… Continue Reading

Blue Bell Creameries Suspends Operations at Oklahoma Plant Following Listeria Outbreak

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After Listeria in ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries sickened five adults in Kansas, the company announced Friday that it is voluntarily suspending operations at its manufacturing plant in Broken Arrow, OK. “The Broken Arrow operations will be suspended so that our team of expert consultants can conduct a careful and complete examination to determine the exact cause… Continue Reading