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Tests pending in Salmonella outbreak traced to whole hogs

This photo was posted on the Good Vibe Tribe Facebook page July 3.

The number of victims in a Salmonella outbreak traced to pork served at a holiday picnic in Seattle is holding steady at 15, and public health officials think it is likely to stay that way. However, it was unknown as of Wednesday whether anyone who did not attend the Good Vibe Tribe Luau on July… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hep A outbreak nears 100; source a mystery

People who have recently been exposed to Hepatitis A and who have not been vaccinated previously should be administered a single dose of single-antigen Hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, within 2 weeks after exposure, according to the CDC. The average incubation period for Hepatitis A is 28 days, but symptoms can appear 15 to 50 days after exposure. (Photo courtesy of the CDC)

Extra staff is working overtime in Hawaii to find the cause of a Hepatitis A outbreak that has grown six-fold since July 1, but state officials admit they are stumped. Despite not having any hard leads on the source of the outbreak, State Epidemiologist Sarah Park said Tuesday that federal officials assisting with the investigation… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef

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UPDATE: Late Tuesday night the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service posted a recall notice for about 8,000 pounds of raw beef products from PT Farm LLC in North Haverhill, NH, in connection with the E. coli outbreak. People in New Hampshire are continuing to become ill with E. coli infections after eating ground beef, with the… Continue Reading

More sick; General Mills recalls 15 million more pounds of flour

The General Mills Inc. plant in Kansas City, MO, is several blocks northeast of the heart of the city's downtown.  (Photo by Coral Beach)

UPDATED CONTENT — General Mills provided additional information at the request of Food Safety News, including the volume of the flour recall expansion. Today’s addition of 15 million pounds brings the total to 45 million pounds, which is “a small percentage of the flour we produce,” according to company officials. Additional updated content throughout. The Kansas City,… Continue Reading

Alaska public health investigates Salmonella cluster in Bethel

Bethel is in southwestern Alaska in the region known as the Delta.

A team from Alaska’s Division of Public Health traveled to the town of Bethel last week to investigate a cluster of Salmonella illnesses reported there. Louisa Castrodale, a state epidemiologist, told KYUK Public Media the cluster of sick people confirmed with Salmonella infections amount to an unexplained situation that raises public health concerns. “It’s not… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Officials still stumped by Hep A outbreak

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What can the 74 Hawaii victims do to help health officials? Be your own junior epidemiologist. Sitting in my hotel room on the shores of Waikiki in the remnants of tropical storm Darby, has given me time – perhaps too much – to think about this outbreak – especially after meeting with a few of… Continue Reading

Officials suspect ground beef in ongoing E. coli outbreak

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Since June 12 a dozen people have contracted E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating ground beef in New Hampshire. State and federal officials have not identified the specific source. All 12 people have been infected with the same strain of E. coli, according to a notice Friday from the state’s bureau of infectious disease control…. Continue Reading

Year-long hunt finds almost 200 Peter Pan, Great Value victims

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Close to 200 victims of the Salmonella serotype Tennessee outbreak that ended in early 2007 are in line for restitution when ConAgra Grocery Products Co. appears in federal court for sentencing. Credit for finding so many documented victims of a nearly decade-old outbreak goes to federal Judge W. Louis Sands, who has delayed proceedings in… Continue Reading

Outbreak sparks nationwide public health alert and hog recall

This photo was posted on the Good Vibe Tribe Facebook page July 3.

UPDATED CONTENT:  A recall was announced on Thursday afternoon, with USDA officials reporting it could not be initiated earlier because company personnel from Kapowsin Meats were not available. New information about the recall is followed by the original story about Wednesday night’s public health alert. Kapowsin Meats Inc., in Graham, WA  recalled  approximately 11,658 pounds of pork… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hepatitis A cases up to 74; vaccine being redistributed

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The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has updated to 74 its confirmed case count in the ongoing Hepatitis A outbreak, which is an increase of 22 new cases since the department’s previous update last week. All of the sickened individuals are Oahu residents, DOH noted, except for two people who live on the islands of Hawaii and Maui but… Continue Reading