Friday, June 18, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: June 18, 2010

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United States
  • Washington, DC. June 17: Federal and state health and food safety officials are investigating 29 cases of Salmonella Chester illnesses in 14 states. While there is no laboratory-confirmed link to date, at least eight of the outbreak victims reported having consumed a Marie Callender Cheesy Chicken & Rice single-serve frozen entrée prior to onset of the illness. ConAgra has initiated a precautionary recall of the product.
  • Springfield, IL. June 18: The magnitude of the Subway Salmonella Hvittingfoss outbreak has increased to 90 victims in 28 Illinois counties.

  • Ottawa, ON. June 17: Health Canada alerts Canadians to the risk of dosing errors when feeding liquid Vitamin D supplements to infants.

  • Denmark. June 17: Denmark is reporting a suspected foodborne outbreak caused by Salmonella typhimurium DT 120 (DT7; MLVA 334; R-ASSuT) in salami with deer meat from Germany. No information on the size or geographic distribution of the outbreak has been provided.
  • Paris, France. June 17: A team of researchers estimates that as much as 270 tonnes of illegal bushmeat may be passing through Charles de Gaulle airport each year. The illegal meat poses a risk of transmission of human and animal diseases.
  • Rostov-on-Don. June 17: Twenty-one employees of Frito Lay Manufacturing LLC were stricken with food poisoning after eating a catered meal at the factory canteen. Eight of the workers were hospitalized.
  • Kent, UK. June 18: Three children from the same extended family have been diagnosed with E. coli O157:H7 after sharing barbecues and picnics. None of the children are hospitalized and all three are recovering.
  • Palencia, Spain. June 18: Seven children who regularly attend the Grijota nursery stricken with salmonellosis late last week.
  • Kaliningrad, Russia. June 18: 147 people, including 69 children, have been reported to be suffering from acute intestinal infections.

Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Hong Kong. June 17: The Centre for Health Protection is investigating a food poisoning outbreak that has affected nine men and three women aged between 21 and 40. The victims developed gastroenteritis symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and fever about two to 21 hours after having lunch boxes purchased from a food premises in Yuen Long on June 16. Nine of them sought medical attention. One of them has been admitted to Pok Oi Hospital. All are in stable condition.
  • Hong Kong. June 17: A 26-year-old woman was arrested in a joint operation by the Police and the Department of Health (DH) for selling a slimming product, "2007時尚瘦吧", which was earlier found in 2008 to contain sibutramine and its analogues which are western drug ingredients that may cause serious side effects.
  • South Africa. June 18: Ninety Fifa World Cup volunteers were treated for food poisoning after eating breakfast at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

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