Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: October 6, 2010

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United States
  • Multnomah County, OR. October 5th: A health advisory prompted by high algae levels has been lifted for Blue Lake.
  • Toledo, WA. October 5th: Customers of the City of Toledo in Lewis County are advised to boil their tap water following a water line break. This advisory affects nearly 400 homes and businesses. Toledo Elementary, Toledo Middle School and Toledo Alternative Options School are closed until the advisory ends. The local high school is not affected.
  • Onondaga County, NY. October 5th: The Onondaga County Health Department and the New York State Department of Health are investigating the source of at least seven lab-confirmed cases of Campylobacter infections. The outbreak victims became ill after eating at Hinerwadel's on September 15th.
  • Atchison, KS. October 6th: A boil water advisory has been issued for Atchison due to a line break on the raw water line feeding the water treatment plant.
  • Mustang, OK. October 6th: The cluster of Salmonella Java infections in Oklahoma has increased to 17; 14 students in Mustang (10 lab-confirmed), two adults in Oklahoma County and one in Carter County. One adult has been hospitalized. Two cases in Iowa also have been matched genetically to the Oklahoma cases, but there is no evidence yet of a common source for the outbreak.

  • Vancouver, BC. October 6th: Listeria monocytogenes has been found in 18% of ready-to-eat fish products tested in BC. All of the Listeria-positive samples were smoked salmon.
  • Ottawa, ON. October 6th: Health Canada reminds the public of appropriate steps to ensure safe cooking and handling of turkey for the coming Thanksgiving celebration.


Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands
  • Delhi, India. October 5th: Commonwealth Games organizers have ordered an inspection of all food at the athletes village after three Australians developed gastroenteritis.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. October 6th: The Ho Chi Minh City Paediatric Hospital No. 1 has admitted a child who experienced convulsions after drinking a liquid vitamin-D supplement.
  • Gombe, Nigeria. October 6th: At least 122 people have died of cholera and more than 1,700 cases have been reported during the current outbreak.

Latin America and the Caribbean

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