Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

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…

UPDATED: Illnesses are not limited to restaurant customers. People with whom the customers have had close contact have also reported illnesses.

Human transmission of norovirus is likely what made dozens, possibly hundreds, of people in Transylvania County, NC, sick in an outbreak among customers of a McDonald’s restaurant.

Samples collected from patients by their health…

Opinion

Editor’s note: U.S. Rep Rosa DeLauro sent this letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Friday.


Dear Commissioner Gottlieb:

I write out of concern about the current outbreak of cyclosporiasis as well as the transparency and timeliness of your agency’s ongoing investigation.

As of this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

South Africa’s National Listeria Incident Management Team issued another of its periodic reports recently for the world’s largest listeriosis outbreak. It says there were no new cases of listeriosis during the week before publication on July 26.

Between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 17, 2018, South Africa recorded 1,060 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis resulting in…

Federal officials have confirmed parasites in salad mix that Fresh Express sold to McDonald’s and other unnamed companies. Almost 400 people in 15 states, are confirmed infected.

The Food and Drug Administration is relying on Fresh Express, which is a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands LLC, to make sure other companies that bought its salad mix…