Thursday, November 18, 2010

Outbreaks and Alerts: November 18, 2010

A daily digest of international outbreaks, alerts and food safety news

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United States
  • Arkansas City, KS. November 16th: Since November 8th, at least 159 attendees at the Sacred Heart Turkey Dinner have reported becoming ill with vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping. One person has been hospitalized.
  • Collier County, FL. November 17th: Health officials in Florida have reported the state's first cholera case this year. The victim is a Collier County woman who had recently returned from Haiti.

  • Poitiers, France. November 18th: The reported number of confirmed cases of Salmonella among students attending three colleges and a high school in Poitiers has risen to 623, with 23 of the outbreak victims having been hospitalized. The source of the outbreak was Salmonella-contaminated beef hamburgers prepared by the Italian company Inalca and distributed in France by Pomona. Inalca is part of the multinational meat processor, JBS.

Latin America and the Caribbean
  • CĂșcata, Colombia. November 18th: Eleven soldiers suffered from food poisoning after eating sardines and sausages that were apparently in a state of decomposition.
  • Port-au-Prince, Haiti. November 18th: Haiti's Ministry of Health reports that at least 1,110 people have died and 18,380 have been hospitalized in the country's four-week cholera outbreak. Seven of Haiti's ten provinces have been affected.
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. November 18th: Public health authorities are investigating what may be the second case of cholera in Haiti's nearest neighbor. The suspected outbreak victim is a Haitian citizen who resides in Chile and was returning home via Dominican Republic and Panama.

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