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Crowdsourcing Gathers Foodborne Illness Reports Together On One Site

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After suffering through three bouts of foodborne illness and not being able to do much about it, Patrick Quade decided to try and help others who find themselves in a similar position. He established a website in 2009 for people to report their experiences of being sickened by restaurant food. “The one where I had the… Continue Reading

6 E. Coli Cases in Washington State Linked to Mexican Food

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Officials with King County Public Health in Seattle, WA, are investigating six cases of E. coli O157 infection which have been linked to Mexican food sold at local farmers markets in the area. Three people have reportedly been hospitalized, including a four-year-old girl. “Through a few initial interviews with ill people, we determined that everyone who became… Continue Reading

USDA Expands Pork Recall Linked to 152 Confirmed Cases of Salmonella

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The original Aug. 13 recall of pork products from Kapowin Meats of Graham, WA, was for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Now, in an Aug. 27 expansion of that earlier recall, approximately 523,380 pounds of pork are being recalled in: varying weights of boxed and bagged… Continue Reading

Update: 99 Sickened After Eating at Southern CA Chipotle Restaurant

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As of Tuesday night, 99 people were reported sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, CA last week. Ventura County Public Health tells Food Safety News that 82 customers and 17 employees were sickened on Aug. 18 and 19. A number of people went to the ER, but it’s unknown if anyone was hospitalized. After… Continue Reading

CDC: 495 in 30 States Now Have Cyclospora Infection, Possibly From Cilantro

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Update: CDC posted another update on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, detailing this outbreak investigation. As of Aug. 21, the agency stated that 495 people from 30 states with confirmed Cyclospora infections had been reported, which is 19 more people than CDC reported on Aug. 18. The previous story follows: According to the latest update posted Tuesday, as of… Continue Reading

E. Coli Infects 24 People, Hospitalizes 5, in 4 Canadian Provinces

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The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is warning the public about an outbreak of a potentially deadly form of E. coli after at least 24 people became infected and five of them ended up being hospitalized. The 24 cases of Escherichia coli O157 occurred between July 12 and Aug. 8, 2015, with the “peak… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial Delayed in Australian Outbreak Linked to Raw Egg Mayonnaise

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A criminal trial involving a Salmonella outbreak which sickened more than 160 people in Australia in May 2013 has been delayed until February 2016. The trial was delayed in order to acquire more expert evidence, sources told a Canberra newspaper. The outbreak was reportedly linked to raw egg mayonnaise served in potato salad at the Copa… Continue Reading

Oregon Outbreak Museum Memorializes What We’ve Learned About Foodborne Illness

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When revolutionary epidemiologist William Keene started working for the Oregon Public Health Division in 1990, he also started collecting packaging from recalled products, restaurant menus, and other elements from his outbreak investigations and displaying them in his office. “These exhibits commemorate why we do these investigations and the kind of products and things that can… Continue Reading

67 People Sick With Vibrio in Canada

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The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Health Canada to investigate 67 Canadian cases of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections in British Columbia and Alberta linked to raw shellfish. The majority of the illnesses have been linked to the eating of… Continue Reading

Multi-drug Resistance Identified in WA Salmonella Outbreak

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The strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- linked to pork that has infected 134 people in Washington, hospitalizing 16, is multi-drug resistant. According to an update posted Friday evening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic resistance testing conducted on clinical isolates from three infected people found that the Salmonella was resistant to ampicillin, streptomycin,… Continue Reading