Thursday, June 3, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: June 3, 2010

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United States
  • Kennewick, WA. June 2: The Benton-Franklin Health District is investigating a report of an adult who became sick from Salmonella about a week ago, according to an article in the Tri-City Herald.

  • Sarnia, ON. June 2: At least 70 people who attended the Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton Chef's Challenge at Hiawatha on May 12, 2010 are suffering from diarrhea. Cyclospora, a single-celled parasite, has been confirmed in seven of the outbreak victims so far. The Health District is still investigating the source of the infections.

  • Nørager, Denmark. June 2: Denmark's Food Standards Agency warns that meat and meat products from illegally slaughtered animals may be have been sold at the following location: Alstrup Hedevej 3 Bonderup, 9610 Nørager. Meat purchased from this location may be hazardous to consume, and should be discarded.
  • Køge, Denmark. June 2: Residents of Køge are under a "boil water" alert. The city's water supply was found to be contaminated with Campylobacter after 45 people reported suffering from diarrhoea and severe stomach cramps.
  • Moscow, Russia. June 2: A Russian consumer rights group reports that 80% of chicken sold in stores belonging to the Auchan supermarket chain are contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Kiev, Ukraine. June 2: Ten attendees (5 teachers and five students) at a secondary school prom were diagnosed with an acute intestinal infection after consuming homemade food at the event on May 31st.
  • Nicosia, Cyprus. June 2: Forty children have been hospitalized with gastroenteritis and are being treated for dehydration after suffering from diarrhea and vomiting.
  • Norilsk, Russia. June 2: Seven children attending a camp based in School No. 16 were hospitalized with a diagnosis of acute gastroenteritis. The source of the illnesses is under investigation.
  • Lynn, United Kingdom. June 2: An outbreak of Norovirus gastroenteritis is affecting three wards at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Visiting hours have been limited to between 7pm and 8pm only. Anyone who is feeling unwell is asked to postpone their visit until at least three days after all symptoms have disappeared.

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