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Prediction for more Salmonella cases proving true in Colorado

The Colorado Salmonella outbreak involving two burrito restaurants that catered two community college events in February continues to expand. The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment (WCDPHE) Friday reported the number of confirmed cases now stands at 35. That’s up from 21 at mid-week, and up from eight on Feb. 22 when Weld… Continue Reading

Growers, health officials in high gear with cantaloupe outbreak

Growers and retailers met in “crisis talks” this week as Australian public health authorities urged consumers to throw away cantaloupe because of an ongoing Listeria outbreak. The situation is reminiscent of the deadly 2011 listeriosis outbreak in the United States that was traced to whole cantaloupes. It spanned 28 states, sickened at least 147, and… Continue Reading

Disease detectives blame raw, wild boar meat for outbreak

A report on an outbreak of foodborne parasite infections in California in early 2017, published by the CDC, describes how raw, wild boar meat resulted in life-threatening illnesses for several people. The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for March 2 outlines the outbreak and its source, which was found to be a private event… Continue Reading

Listeria toll nears 1,000 in South Africa; source undetermined

Authorities in South Africa continue to remind the public how to decrease the risk of contracting foodborne Listeria infections amidst an outbreak that has sickened almost 1,000 and killed at least 176. World health officials have said it is the largest known outbreak from Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Public health officials have not yet been able… Continue Reading

CDC declares an end to Jimmy John’s sprout outbreak

Federal officials have closed the book on an outbreak of Salmonella infections among Jimmy John’s customers, saying a specific source could not be identified, even though 80 percent of the sick people ate raw sprouts from the restaurant chain before becoming ill. Reporting 10 confirmed cases of the outbreak strain of Salmonella Montevideo infections across… Continue Reading

Colorado burrito restaurants still closed; Salmonella count at 21

Residents of five Colorado counties are now among the 21 people sickened with Salmonella in an outbreak. All of them ate food from Burrito Delight restaurants. The number of laboratory-confirmed cases more than doubled during the weekend, following the initial announcement of eight people having been sickened by the foodborne pathogen. According to the Weld… Continue Reading

CDC follows states, USDA, FDA with details about outbreak

Almost 8 out of 10 victims report eating chicken salad from Fareway grocery store delis

A Salmonella outbreak reported Feb. 13 by Iowa officials as being linked to chicken salad was officially acknowledged Thursday by the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC outbreak announcement about the outbreak traced to chicken salad sold at Fareway Stores Inc. grocery stores in five states does not include confirmed Salmonella cases… Continue Reading

Death toll nears 200 in listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

South African officials say an outbreak of listeriosis has killed 172 people since the start of 2017. It is the world’s largest reported Listeria outbreak. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases said 915 cases of listeriosis had been confirmed since Jan. 1, 2017. Early last month, only 61 deaths had been confirmed. Listeriosis is caused by… Continue Reading