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Souplantation restaurant implicated in shigellosis outbreak

Public health officials in California are praising the “swift and decisive action” of the Souplantation chain, which temporarily closed a restaurant in Camarillo in the midst of a shigellosis outbreak this week. At least eight people have been infected with Shigella bacteria, according to Ventura County Public Health officials. The public health department received notification… Continue Reading

Shigella investigators in Michigan bring in help from CDC

With 177 shigellosis cases reported between March 1 and Oct. 26 from Michigan’s Genesee and Saginaw counties and no source yet identified, state and county health officials have called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help. CDC investigators are now on the scene in Flint, MI, to help track what caused the outbreak of this highly contagious… Continue Reading

Shigellosis outbreak at elementary school kept quiet for weeks

Public health and school officials in Randolph County, MO, are investigating an outbreak of Shigellosis that they have been quietly monitoring for weeks. The county health department issued a news release Monday, more than three weeks after Moberly School District officials notified parents of students at South Park Elementary School of the outbreak. “No definite… Continue Reading

Shigella infections hit record high in beleaguered Flint

Along with the highly publicized lead contamination of its water supply, Flint, MI, also bears the dubious distinction of having the highest number of Shigella cases in the state. The Genesee County Health Department has reported 85 cases so far this year, with more than half of them within the Flint city limits. Twenty-seven people have been hospitalized…. Continue Reading

2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics

It’s difficult to summarize what happened on the animal antibiotics front this year. There were lots of pledges, lots of discussions and lots of reports, but not very many actions. Still, we still wanted to recap what happened in the 2015 regarding animal antibiotics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic-resistant infections… Continue Reading

CA Shigella Outbreak Now at 190 Illnesses; Seafood Restaurant Remains Closed

Oct. 28 update: As of Tuesday night, Oct. 27,  the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella reported to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department stands at 190. There are 151 Santa Clara County residents and 39 people who live in other counties among those sickened. Of the 190 total cases, 92 are lab-confirmed (72 of whom are Santa… Continue Reading

Open Data on Restaurant Inspections a Useful Tool for Consumers and Government

“My husband ate at this restaurant on Friday 10/16/2015 and was admitted to the ICU with a bacterial infection from food poisioning [sic],” Kari F. wrote on the Mariscos San Juan Yelp page on Oct. 19. “It was a very scary experience for all. I hope that others affected are healing and doing ok. My… Continue Reading

CDC: Shigella Infections Becoming Resistant to Recommended Antibiotic

Research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests a greater proportion of Shigella infections in the United States are now resistant to a very important antibiotic. Shigella causes an estimated 500,000 cases of diarrhea in the United States annually and is transmitted easily from person to person and through contaminated food and recreational… Continue Reading

USDA: Salmonella Tops List of 15 Most Costly Pathogens

Salmonella causes an estimated $3.7 billion each year in medical costs for Americans, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service. That figure places Salmonella at the top of the rankings for the 15 most costly foodborne illnesses. USDA says it regularly updates its cost estimates for foodborne pathogens… Continue Reading

California Restaurant Briefly Shut Down After Being Linked to Shigella Outbreak

Zov’s Restaurant in Irvine, CA, closed down briefly on Wednesday after a foodborne illness investigation was linked to four customers, health department officials reportedly said Thursday. Deanne Thompson of the Orange County Health Care Agency said that those sickened had eaten at Zov’s on three different dates between Sept. 16-22, and that all four had… Continue Reading