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Summit County public health official takes issue with coverage

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I am writing to express my disappointment in your Aug. 10 story, “Privately provided stool samples flush out Salmonella outbreak.” The story does not accurately characterize or describe the general policies of the Summit County Public Health Department or the specific actions that were carried out related to this particular outbreak. Summit County Public Health,… Continue Reading

Strawberry smoothies linked to Hepatitis A illnesses in Virginia

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Frozen strawberries imported from Egypt and used by Tropical Smoothie Café locations in Virginia are possibly linked to a cluster of Hepatitis A infections, spurring state health officials to issue a public health warning. The restaurant chain has already pulled the implicated strawberries from all of its restaurants, not just the 100 locations in Virginia,… Continue Reading

FDA confirms Hepatitis A in scallops; multi-state recall begins

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Federal officials have confirmed Hepatitis A in frozen, imported scallops that have been linked to an outbreak in Hawaii and are working with Sea Port Products Corp. to recall the shellfish from three states. None of the implicated scallops were sold direct to consumers, according to a notice posted today by the Food and Drug… Continue Reading

E. coli cases have Oregon officials investigating non-fair food, fair livestock

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A number of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) illnesses are being investigated following last month’s Washington County Fair in Hillsboro, OR. Public health officials announced Wednesday that potential sources were food items unrelated to the fair, as well as contact with livestock at the fair, which was July 28-31. Anyone who attended the Washington County Fair and has… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak tops 200; state seeks help from public

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The number of Hepatitis A outbreak victims in Hawaii has topped 200 and health officials expect that number to continue to increase. As of Wednesday’s weekly update, 206 people have been confirmed in the outbreak, with 51 having had symptoms so severe that they had to be hospitalized, according to the Hawaii Department of Health…. Continue Reading

Montana officials wrapping up E. coli investigation; source still unknown

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Montana state and county health officials are wrapping up their investigation into a recent E. coli O157 outbreak, and while the problem was reportedly narrowed down to a specific meal, the exact food ingredient which caused the illnesses remains elusive. The final outbreak totals were 38 people sickened with six hospitalized, according to Jennifer Fladager of the Dawson… Continue Reading

New Hepatitis A cases likely in Hawaii despite scallop embargo

Hawaii Department of Health Officials take questions from reporters Aug. 16 following the announcement that frozen, imported scallops served at Genki Sushi restaurants have been linked to an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. Speakers included, from left, Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler, State Epidemiologist Dr. Sarah Park and Sanitation Branch Chief Peter Oshiro.

Hawaii health officials are asking for continued federal help with their investigation of a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen, imported scallops served by Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. Questions about possible wider distribution of the scallops were resolved late Tuesday when Department of Health (DOH) officials confirmed Honolulu-based distributor True World Foods… Continue Reading

Scallops at sushi restaurants blamed in Hepatitis A outbreak

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Hawaii health officials have identified imported scallops that were served raw at Genki Sushi restaurants as the probable cause of an ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak. All of the restaurant locations on Oahu and Kauai have been closed at the order of the Hawaii State Department of Health, according to a statement issued Monday evening. Additional… Continue Reading

Officials relying on consumers to stop unlicensed caterer

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Despite differences in rules between the American and National leagues, three strikes means you’re out no matter who you are — rogue caterer Rick Stevenson is no doubt thankful those rules don’t seem to apply to him. In July, at least two dozen people got sick — three with confirmed Salmonella infections — at “the… Continue Reading

Baking mixes recalled nationwide because of E. coli in flour

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A Kansas company has issued a nationwide recall of baking mixes packaged under more than a dozen brands because they were made with flour from General Mills that has been recalled because it has been linked to an ongoing E. coli O121 outbreak. “The recalled dry mixes were distributed nationwide in retail stores and online… Continue Reading