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Health Officials Investigating Potential Illness Outbreak at Food Safety Summit

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Reports of an illness outbreak at last week’s Food Safety Summit (FSS) in Baltimore have state and local health officials checking for symptoms among those who attended the three-day event from April 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center. It was not clear whether food or a virus was suspected as the source of the possible… Continue Reading

FoodNet Report: Pathogen Infection Rates Still ‘Well Above’ Government Targets

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report card on the trends in foodborne illnesses on Thursday, and, in general, not much has changed from previous years. According to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet), there were a total of 19,056 infections, 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths reported in 2013…. Continue Reading

Food Poisoning Suspected in Southern Illinois, Two Hospitalized

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A possible outbreak of food poisoning earlier this month sickened several people and hospitalized two in Mt. Vernon, IL, according to a news report published Tuesday. The sicknesses occurred around April 6, but additional details were sketchy. One victim reportedly told local media outlets that he had become ill after attending a brunch at the… Continue Reading

Europe’s Hepatitis A Outbreak Expands Well Beyond Italy

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An outbreak with at least 240 confirmed cases of the Hepatitis A virus originally thought to be confined to Italy is making a much larger footprint in Europe. There have been 240 cases of individuals who have not visited Italy associated with the outbreak in France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom…. Continue Reading

Clostridium Perfringens Apparent Cause of Michigan Outbreak

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The Muskegon County Department of Health reports that preliminary results from the Michigan Department of Community Health have shown the presence of a common foodborne illness-causing bacteria called Clostridium perfringens in a sample tested from Bonicki’s Restaurant and Sports Bistro. Public health officials had reported receiving at least six calls from local customers who fell… Continue Reading

Europe Reports 1,300 Hepatitis A Cases Since 2013

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More than 1,300 Hepatitis A cases have been reported in 11 countries by the European Food Safety Authority since January 2013, with 240 confirmed cases related to an ongoing outbreak. Initially the outbreak was associated with people who had traveled to Italy. However seven countires- France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United… Continue Reading

Dinner Rolls Likely Source of Salmonella Illnesses Linked to Minnesota Restaurant

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Minnesota health officials have identified dinner rolls as the likely source of bacteria which sickened dozens of Old Country Buffet diners in Maple Grove, MN, in January. The rolls were likely cross-contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis from raw chicken used in the restaurant, Minnesota Department of Health spokesman Doug Schultz reportedly said. The state’s joint investigation with Hennepin County found that… Continue Reading

Illness Outbreak Investigated at Colorado Health Fair

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The Rio Grande County Public Health Department in southwestern Colorado is investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. The illness reportedly started with food served at the 9Health Fair in Monte Vista, CO, on Saturday, April 5. Fair officials said the food at the fair was supplied by the Kiwanis Club. Rio Grande County Public Health… Continue Reading

Norovirus Suspected at Chuck E. Cheese’s Near Minneapolis

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Hennepin County health officials are investigating why a number of people apparently got sick after eating this past weekend at the Chuck E. Cheese’s outlet in Maple Grove west of Minneapolis. Health Department spokesman Bill Billknap said that norovirus was suspected after public health officials contacted others who ate there by using cash register receipts… Continue Reading

NC Health Department Says Papa John’s Was Source of Hepatitis A Scare

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A Charlotte, NC, Papa John’s outlet is to blame for a Hepatitis A scare, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department. Anyone who ate food from the location on March 28 and 29 should get the Hepatitis A vaccine immediately. Officials are looking into a potential Hepatitis A outbreak from the Papa John’s location in… Continue Reading