Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

A Seattle-King County Public Health food inspector late Thursday ordered the closure of Burien Fresh Smoothies in conjunction with an ongoing foodborne illness outbreak that has seen two people admitted to hospitals.

Burien is a town of about 50,000 immediately west of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in King County, WA. The restaurant is at 15712 1st…

Swedish authorities are investigating a national outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 with at least 50 cases.

Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) and Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency) said it appears to be one of the biggest outbreaks of infections from the potentially deadly pathogen that the country has ever had. Sweden usually records about 30 to 50…

Known for its Chirashi bowl, but called The Fremont Bowl for its Seattle location, a small, but popular Japanese restaurant was forced to close Friday by Public Health. Seattle-King County Public Health closed The Fremont Bowl, located at  4258 Fremont Ave N, Ste #4262, Seattle, WA 98103, at 10:45 a.m., Aug. 10, 2018, due to…

Missouri’s Perry County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) is reporting at least 23 cases of Salmonella have been diagnosed since  August 6.    And more than 30 cases may be involved in the outbreak, according to the Perry County Health Department, which does not yet know the source of the infections.

Patient ages range from 2 to 68.  …

In the past week, another 41 people were confirmed infected by Cyclospora parasites in an outbreak traced to Fresh Express salad mix used in salads sold by McDonald’s.

Of the 436 sick people, 20 have had such severe symptoms that they had to be admitted to hospitals, according to this week’s update from the Centers…

Public Health England is investigating an increase in Cyclospora infections for the fourth successive year. Up to early August, 57 cases had been reported in England, Scotland and Wales, of which 46 had travelled to Mexico.

Where information is known, people who were infected stayed at several different hotels in the Cancun and Riviera Maya…

A foodborne parasite detected in two patients in a Chinese hospital has been traced to consumption of raw wild centipedes, according to a case report by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Researchers from the Southern Medical University and Zhujiang Hospital in Guangzhou said it’s the first time the Angiostrongylus cantonensis parasite —…

Outbreak investigators say a cattle feedlot near a canal providing water to growing regions in Arizona is a key element in their hypothesis about the source of E. coli that contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year.

The Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the outbreak, linked to romaine grown in the Yuma, AZ, area…