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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

Salmonella outbreak in Colorado growing; 2 restaurants closed

County officials say no fines planned for restaurants because lost sales are punishment enough

A Colorado burrito restaurant, forced to close after catering two community college events where some attendees were sickened with Salmonella poisoning, did poorly in health inspections during the past three years. As of Thursday there were 10 people confirmed with Salmonella infections linked to the restaurant, according to the Weld County Department of Public Health… 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

Iowa company recalls chicken salad amid Salmonella outbreak

A week after Iowa health officials put out a public health warning about chicken salad sickening people with Salmonella, the USDA-regulated manufacturer is recalling the product. Triple T Specialty Meats Inc. of Ackley, IA, on Wednesday recalled about 20,600 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad made for Fareway Stores Inc. amidst a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella… Continue Reading

More sick in Fareway chicken salad outbreak; federal suits filed

As the case count continues to rise in a Salmonella outbreak linked to the chicken salad from Fareway grocery stores, three victims have filed civil suits in federal court seeking reimbursement for medical expenses and other costs. Illinois resident Jeff Anderson and South Dakota husband and wife Derek and Sarah Porter filed the lawsuits Tuesday… Continue Reading

Kentucky links Hepatitis A outbreak cases to others in California and Utah

Homeless people and drug users are apparently experiencing the brunt of Kentucky’s uptick in hepatitis A virus cases. The Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH) has charted the increase since Jan. 1, 2017, with 103 confirmed cases, which have included 78 hospitalizations. The seven most recent illnesses came in during the count for the week… Continue Reading

Kratom linked to Salmonella outbreak; CDC posts warning

A coast-to-coast outbreak of Salmonella infections have been linked to kratom products, spurring a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The federal agency had received confirmation of 28 people across 20 states with infections from Salmonella I 4,[5],12:b:- as of Feb. 16, according to the outbreak notice posted today. Eleven of the sick… Continue Reading

Scientists urge regulators to revisit 60-day rule for raw gouda

For the third time since 2005, researchers have parsed data from an E. coli O157: H7 outbreak traced to raw milk gouda cheese. For the third time, they have concluded the “60-day rule” isn’t long enough to ensure dangerous bacteria in unpasteurized gouda have died. This time around the scientists did more than publish the… Continue Reading