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CDC reports 2 trichinellosis outbreaks traced to walrus meat

Federal officials this week made public details of two outbreaks of Trichinella infections in Alaska in the past 12 months, both linked to undercooked walrus meat. Long associated with undercooked pork, the majority of cases of Trichinella infections in the U.S. since the late 1990s have been caused by wild game species that are not in… Continue Reading

Alaska public health investigates Salmonella cluster in Bethel

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

Alaska Health Officials Suspect Botulism in One Death, Two Illnesses

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