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CDC: Four Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Peanut, Almond Butter Brands

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According to an update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), since Jan. 1, 2014, four people from four states are reported to be infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup linked to recalled peanut and almond butter products. The bacteria were found during inspections of the manufacturing facility in Ashland, OR. The number… Continue Reading

125 People in Alberta Sickened With E. coli From Unknown Source

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Alberta Health Services is currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. There have been 125 confirmed cases reported between July 15 and August 2o. The investigation has not confirmed the source(s) of illness related to this outbreak, but Dr. Chris Sikora, the Edmonton Zone’s medical officer of health, says that nearly 80 per cent of cases were associated… Continue Reading

Alaska Health Officials Suspect Botulism in One Death, Two Illnesses

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Officials with the Alaska Division of Public Health are reported to be looking into a potential botulism cluster in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta area west of Anchorage linked to the consumption of fermented fish heads. After four people shared a traditional Yupik meal of the fish heads, one later died and two others were sickened, said… Continue Reading

Three Deaths Reported Among 156 Cases in UK Salmonella Outbreak

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Public Health England (PHE) is looking into a national outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis after cases were reported in Hampshire, London, the West Midlands, Cheshire and Merseyside. What were being called “isolated clusters” of cases over the past few months are now considered potentially linked, officials said. There were 25 cases reported in London and 55… Continue Reading

Ground Beef Linked to E. coli Recalled From Two Whole Foods Market Stores in Massachusetts

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Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling 368 pounds of ground beef products from two of its Massachusetts stores because of potential E. coli O157:H7 contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced early Friday. Subject to this recall are 73 lbs. of ground beef products produced June 21 at the company’s South Weymouth,… Continue Reading

How CDC Uses Antibiotic Resistance Data

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Over the past year, you may have noticed that antimicrobial resistance information has been incorporated in the outbreak reports put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency recently introduced the measure to address the goal of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) to get such information to the public…. Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder Produced Three Salmonella Strains

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Organic sprouted chia powder was responsible for an unusual Salmonella outbreak — which now appears to be over — that sickened 31 people in 16 states. It was unusual in that the organic sprouted chia powder was said to be responsible for three strains of Salmonella in the single outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control… Continue Reading

12 People May Have Died in Danish Listeria Outbreak Linked to Sausage

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An outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to pork sausages may have killed at least 12 people and sickened another eight in recent months, according to multiple news sources. Danish authorities said they closed down a small meat producer near Copenhagen on Monday in connection with the outbreak. The producer, Hedehusene, made a variety of rolled… Continue Reading

Update: At Least 160 Cyclospora-Caused Illnesses Reported in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is investigating an outbreak of at least 160 cases of Cyclosporiasis, an illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora that can cause prolonged watery diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. The department has identified at least 160 cases this year, including a surge of reported cases beginning in mid-June…. Continue Reading

60 Minnesota E. coli Cases Linked to Potato Salad Served at Reservation Events

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At least 60 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 in July at Minnesota’s Fond du Lac Reservation, apparently after consuming potato salad likely made with a contaminated ingredient, according to the local news outlet Pine Journal. The infections occurred after three separate events on the reservation, all catered by the same vendor on July… Continue Reading