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State OKs raw milk dairy to resume sales; Brucella risk remains

Texas health officials agreed yesterday to allow a raw milk dairy to resume sales, but warned that the threat of antibiotic-resistant brucellosis infection remains for anyone who drank the dairy’s unpasteurized milk this summer. The strain of antibiotic-resistant Brucella (RB51) bacteria, isolated from a woman in a Texas hospital, is a genetic match for Brucella… Continue Reading

Infected restaurant worker spurs hepatitis A alert in Alabama

A pizza restaurant in Alabama is working with the state Department of Public Health, after discovering that one of the restaurant’s food handlers is infected with hepatitis A. The health department (ADPH) has contacted many customers of Marco’s Pizza in Anniston, AL, directly regarding the highly contagious virus, according to a news release. Post-exposure treatment is available, but must be administered within two… Continue Reading

Texas raw milk Brucella contamination hits 7 states

Although it is against federal law to sell unpasteurized milk across state lines, the CDC and state health departments are investigating illnesses in at least seven states in relation to Brucella bacteria found in raw milk from a Texas dairy. One woman in Texas has been in the hospital for weeks with a lab-confirmed case… Continue Reading

CDC expands on Texas warning about Brucella in raw milk

A month after Texas public health officials urged raw milk drinkers and their doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of Brucella infection, the federal government weighed in with its own advice. Anyone who drank unpasteurized, “raw” milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, TX, from June 1 through Aug. 7 is “at an… Continue Reading

Officials confirm investigation at On the Border restaurant

Patrons of an On the Border restaurant in Georgia developed Salmonella infections after eating there during Mother’s Day weekend, but county officials did not alert the public about the situation and will not reveal how many people got sick or whether a contamination source was determined. The Cobb & Douglas (Counties) Public Health Department investigated,… Continue Reading

Maryland confirms papayas contaminated with Salmonella

The Maryland Department of Health is warning consumers to not eat Caribeña’s brand yellow Maradol papayas because they could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. The yellow papayas have been distributed to stores throughout the state of Maryland. State officials discovered the contamination in the course of an ongoing Salmonella case investigation, according to the June 19 warning from the… Continue Reading

Possible Salmonella outbreak traced to Texas restaurant

Public health officials in Ector County Texas are investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that has caused a restaurant owner in Odessa to voluntarily close his business. As of Tuesday, two lab-confirmed Salmonella cases had been traced back to Ajuga’s Mexican Restaurant at 2120 Andrews Highway, according to a report by KWES-TV. County Health Director Gino… Continue Reading

Blue Bell reports on root causes of five-year Listeria outbreak

The iconic Blue Bell ice cream is again being supplied to a large area of the southeast, including most everything south of a line stretching from New Mexico to the Carolinas. Not all of the 66 flavors are back that were available before Blue Bell was associated last year with a multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis the resulted… Continue Reading

More E. coli victims identified in California raw milk outbreak

California officials say the case count in the E. coli outbreak linked to unpasteurized raw milk from an organic dairy in Fresno is increasing, but they aren’t saying much else. As of Monday, 10 people have been confirmed with “closely related strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157:H7,” according to a spokesman for the California… Continue Reading

Patient count increases in E. coli outbreak linked to organic raw milk; dairyman says California’s outbreak data is ‘garbage’

State officials added two more people to the list of patients in an E. coli outbreak in California linked to raw milk from Organic Pastures Dairy Co., but the dairy operator says the state’s data is “garbage.” Of the eight people confirmed with the “unique strain of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157,” two developed hemolytic… Continue Reading