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Gigantic cruise ship hit with foodborne illness outbreak

Almost 200 people on one of the world’s largest cruise ships are sick with what public health officials say appears to be a foodborne illness from the boat’s bottomless buffet. Part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, the American-owned Ovation of the Seas has more than 5,800 people on board for its current cruise. Australian… Continue Reading

Few details discovered in Burger King outbreak investigation

The two Burger King locations in Bemidji, MN, remain closed Monday because of a three-month Salmonella outbreak public health officials linked to the restaurants. Most of the 26 confirmed victims became ill in September, and health officials thought the outbreak was over. However two more people, apparently infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella, became ill… Continue Reading

Outbreaks in Quebec, Twin Cities traced to Chinese raspberries

Frozen raspberries imported from China were the source of 615 confirmed cases of norovirus in Quebec between March and July of this year, and of 15 cases in Minnesota in August of 2016. The Quebec outbreak included clients and staff at seven seniors’ residences, two daycare centers and one hotel in four separate administrative regions of the… Continue Reading

Miller’s Guild customers infected with unusual Salmonella bug

The operational status of Miller’s Guild in Seattle is unclear as county health officials apparently continue their investigation into foodborne illnesses among the restaurant’s customers, including three who have tested positive for Salmonella infections. Seattle-King County Public Health officials closed the restaurant Tuesday, according to their initial outbreak investigation report, which they posted Wednesday. “Environmental… Continue Reading

Wyoming tracking Salmonella illness clusters; cause unknown

Public health officials are investigating clusters of Salmonella infections in central Wyoming that include sick people from schools and childcare centers. The Wyoming Department of Health launched its investigation after receiving multiple reports of gastroenteritis illnesses in Fremont County. State health department employees are contacting people whose children attend the implicated schools and daycare centers…. Continue Reading

CDC reports Salmonella outbreaks traced to papayas likely over

A collection of four Salmonella outbreaks traced to Mexican papayas appears to be over, according to federal officials who report at least 251 people across 25 states were sickened, including two who died. “Each outbreak was linked to papayas imported from a different farm in Mexico,” according to final outbreak updates posted Friday by the… Continue Reading

Marine Corps searches for E. coli source in San Diego outbreak

Hundreds of Marine Corps recruits in California are sick in an E. coli outbreak  as military investigators search for the specific source of the bacterial pathogen. More than 300 recruits had been sickened as of Tuesday, according to a statement from Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot in San… Continue Reading

iwaspoisoned.com alerts officials to outbreak at Georgia Tech

For at least the third time this year, the crowd-sourced website iwaspoisoned.com has identified a foodborne illness outbreak, this time among students who ate at a Georgia Tech dining hall. The “North Avenue Dining Hall” at the university in Atlanta started showing up in reports on the foodborne illness website in the past couple of… Continue Reading

CDC: Outbreak bacteria traced to Petland is antibiotic resistant

Year-long Campylobacter outbreak picks up speed; CDC warns public about infected puppies

With the victim count having jumped 40 percent in the past three weeks, the CDC has nothing but bad news to report today on a multi-state Campylobacter outbreak traced to Petland puppies — the outbreak strains are antibiotic resistant. Since its initial outbreak announcement on Sept. 11, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has… Continue Reading

Norway eyes imported food, travel in rare Salmonella outbreak

Country hasn't seen a Salmonella outbreak since 2013; officials struggle to find current source

Norway, where Salmonella bacteria is rare in domestic livestock and locally-produced food, is experiencing its first outbreak of salmonellosis since 2013. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has not been able to identify the source of the Salmonella that has recently infected at least seven people. All seven report eating at the Joe & The Juice restaurant at… Continue Reading