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15 Postal Workers Hospitalized After Eating Potluck Leftovers

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At least North Carolina 15 postal workers were taken to the hospital Thursday after consuming food from a Veteran’s Day potluck. Dozens of employees at a U.S. Post Office on West Pointe Drive in western Mecklenberg County began experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating leftovers from a potluck held Tuesday evening, according to local… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning at North Carolina Nursing Home

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Health officials in North Carolina are warning visitors of the Golden Living Center in the town of Mount Airy that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus, according to local news station Fox 8. An employee at the nursing home was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A and might have prepared food while contagious… Continue Reading

Seven Salmonella Cases Confirmed After North Carolina Church Conference

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Officials with the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services in Gastonia, NC, announced Tuesday that they are investigating reports of Salmonellosis associated with a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC. As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials said there were seven confirmed cases, with a significant number of lab… Continue Reading

Update: 37 Salmonella Illnesses Linked to North Carolina Restaurant

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The Watauga County office of the Appalachian District Health Department is working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak linked to Proper Restaurant in Boone, NC. As of Friday, the health department had identified nine individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea,… Continue Reading

Update: NC Student Still Hospitalized in Apparent E. Coli Outbreak

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A middle-school student from Davidson County, NC, has been hospitalized for more than a week with symptoms related to an apparent E. coli infection that sickened three children in late December, according to a Monday report in a local newspaper. The student was one of two Tyro Middle School students admitted for their symptoms. A… Continue Reading

NC Officials Suspect E. Coli Infection in Three Children

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Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody diarrhea… Continue Reading

Final Report Issued on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Church Barbeque

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Late last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NCDPH) released a final report detailing its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to a fundraising barbeque held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. The report states that 104 people between the ages… Continue Reading

Certified Food Protection Managers Soon Required in All North Carolina Restaurants

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North Carolina will soon join the ranks of states requiring certified food protection managers (CFPM) in all restaurants and other food-service outlets. By Jan. 1, 2014, NC establishments must have at least one supervisor certified as a food protection manager through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited program or face a two-point violation from the… Continue Reading

Update: 103 Now Reported Ill With Salmonella Following NC Church Barbecue

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There are now 103 reported Salmonella victims following a fundraising barbecue held Sept. 7 at a church in Shelby, NC. News reports on Wednesday stated that there were now 45 cases in Cleveland County, 52 in Rutherford County and five in other North Carolina counties. Another Salmonella case was previously reported in South Carolina. Pastor… Continue Reading

2013 Legislative Season Ends with ‘Ag-Gag’ Bills Defeated in 11 States

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It took a time-killing debate in the Indiana General Assembly and a game-changing veto by Gov. Bill Haslam in Tennessee. And only when North Carolina’s Legislature adjourned for the year last Friday could animal welfare groups say they had defeated ag-gag everywhere it had a chance of becoming law. All the so-called ag-gag bills —… Continue Reading