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Antioch Farms Brand A La Kiev Tied Again To Salmonella

In 2014 Minnesota Public health and agriculture investigators in identified 6 cases of Salmonella Enteriditis linked to consumption of Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast. Illness onsets occurred in August and September 2014. The outbreak strain was isolated in packages purchased at grocery stores.

Minnesota state health and agriculture officials said today that seven recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. Investigators from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) determined that the illnesses occurred in two separate outbreaks, involving two different strains of Salmonella bacteria in products from two distinct, unrelated producers.

In the first outbreak, four illnesses occurring from April 5 through June 8 were linked to Barber Foods Chicken Kiev. This product has a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stamped code of P-276. This product is sold at many different retailers, including grocery store chains. The four cases in this outbreak ranged in age from 19 to 82 years, all from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

In the second outbreak, three people got sick from May 9 to June 8 after eating Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breast with a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358. This product is sold at many different grocery store chains. The three cases were all adults in their 30s and 40s from the metro area, and two were hospitalized.

No deaths have been linked to either outbreak. MDH and MDA are working with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the investigation. The investigation is on-going.

With these two outbreaks, there have now been nine outbreaks of salmonellosis in Minnesota linked to these types of products since 1998.

Idaho 290, North Carolina 248 in Salmonella Outbreak Race

Idaho:  The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is investigating a Salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015.

As of July 1, 2015, approximately 290 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak. Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending and the specific cause of the outbreak remains undetermined.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

North Carolina:  According to the North Carolina Department of Health, 248 cases of diarrheal illness associated with Salmonella and eating food from Tarheel Q Restaurant have been identified.

Of these 248, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina cases 72% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint). Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 248 cases:

55% are male

41% are between the ages of 20 and 49

20% have visited their provider

13% have visited the ED

6% have been hospitalized

1 death has been identified (Further details regarding the deceased are not available to protect patient confidentiality.)

79% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Tops 232

Of these 232, case distribution includes 16 North Carolina counties and 5 states.

Of the North Carolina cases 75% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).

Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 232 cases:

  • 53% are male
  • 41% are between the ages of 20 and 49
  • 19% have visited their provider
  • 13% have visited the ED
  • 6% have been hospitalized
  • No deaths due to Salmonella infection have been identified
  • 79% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Salmonella on the Menu at Tarheel Q

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports tonight that 216 people have developed a Salmonella infection linked to Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina.

Case distribution includes 15 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina cases 77% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).

Over 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 216 cases:

56% are male

43% are between the ages of 20 and 49

20% have visited their provider

12% have visited the ED

6% have been hospitalized

No deaths due to Salmonella infection have been identified

82% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

North Carolina Tarheel Q Salmonella Update

558b154b1a3d8.imageSalmonella has been identified as a cause in at least 15 cases. All 127 people ate at Tarheel Q on U.S. 64 West in Lexington, in the days before falling ill, officials said.

Jordan Howse of the Winston-Salem Journal reports tonight that at least 127 people have been sickened, and at least 7 hospitalized, in an outbreak of Salmonella that officials believe may be linked to the Lexington Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant, officials with the North Carolina Division of Public Health said Thursday.

About two-thirds of the people affected are from Davidson and Davie counties, but officials said the outbreak spans seven counties and at least six states.

“In conjunction with other county and state health departments, we continue to identify and interview other ill people in an attempt to determine the scope of the outbreak and the source of the infection,” said Monecia Thomas, director of the Davidson County Health Department said.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea and vomiting.

100 Salmonella Cases Tied to Tarheel Q

As of Wednesday, June 24, 2015 more than 100 individuals from at least seven North Carolina counties and six other states have been identified with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis such as diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. All consumed food from the same establishment, Tarheel Q located on Highway 64 in Lexington, N.C., several days before becoming ill. At least seven of the identified individuals have been hospitalized due to their illness.

“In conjunction with other county and state health departments, we continue to identify and interview other ill people in an attempt to determine the scope of the outbreak and the source of the infection,” said Monecia Thomas, Director of the Davidson County Health Department.

The majority of the cases have occurred among residents of Davidson County. We are asking anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days after they ate food or drank beverages from Tarheel Q (6835 West US Hwy 64, Lexington, NC) on or after Saturday, June 6th to call the Davidson County Health Department’s hotline for calls at 336-236-3096. Please call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Collecting this information is important to help officials determine the size and scope of the outbreak.

“We want these people to call the health department even if they have recovered so we can ask them questions related to their food history in hopes of identifying the source of the contamination,” Thomas said.

At this time, the restaurant has voluntarily closed through June 28th. Food purchased from the restaurant and taken home from June 6 to June 19, 2015 should not be consumed by people or animals. Please discard any leftovers.

People who are ill or experiencing symptoms should drink sufficient fluids to stay well hydrated, and should seek medical care from their private doctor, urgent care or emergency room if their diarrhea and/or vomiting do not improve.

Salmonella Outbreak at Tarheel Q Restaurant Update

According to local press reports, an additional 40 people have been identified with symptoms consistent with salmonellosis — this time in Davie County, North Carolina.

The Davidson County and Davie County health departments began this week began working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of Tarheel Q, located at 6835 West U.S. 64 in Lexington. As of Tuesday, the health departments had identified more than 30 individuals in Davidson County with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis.

On Wednesday, the investigation expanded to include 40 additional people in Davie County.

Health officials said all people with symptoms ate at Tarheel Q, located at 6835 West U.S. 64 in Lexington, several days before becoming ill.

At least seven of the individuals had to be hospitalized due to their illness.

A sign posted on the door Wednesday said the restaurant would close until Monday, June 29, “to ensure all areas of our operation are of the highest standard.”

 

Salmonella at North Carolina Restaurant in Lexington

Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 3.33.59 PMThe Davidson County Health Department and Davie County Health Department are working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of Tarheel Q Restaurant, located on Highway 64 in Lexington, North Carolina.

As of Tuesday, June 23, 2015 the Health Departments have identified over 30 individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. All ate at the same food establishment, Tarheel Q, several days before becoming ill. At least seven of the identified individuals have been hospitalized due to their illness.

“We are still investigating to determine the source (or sources) of infection. We are also actively working with restaurant management to resolve this as soon as possible,” said Davidson County Health Department Director Monecia Thomas. “We would like to thank the restaurant for their cooperation. The restaurant has been diligent and responsive during this process and we appreciate their commitment to the safety of their customers.”

The Health Department is asking anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days after they ate food or drank beverages from Tarheel Q (6835 West US Hwy 64, Lexington, NC) on or after Saturday, June 6th to call the Davidson County Health Department at 336-236-3096. The Davidson County Health Department is opening a hotline for calls. Please call today, Tuesday June 23 until 7:30PM and then between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM for the remainder of the work week. Collecting this information is important to help officials determine the size and impact of the outbreak.

“We want these persons to call the health department even if they have recovered so we can ask them questions related to their food history in hopes of identifying the source of the contamination,” Thomas said.

At this time, the restaurant has not been required by the state or local health department to close. To stop further spread of the illness, the Health Department has instructed the restaurant to implement specific control measures to ensure food temperatures are monitored and recorded prior to service. Likewise, when preparing food at home please remember that meats and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating, only consume dairy products that have been pasteurized, keep raw meat, cooked meat, and vegetables separate, and thoroughly wash hands after dealing with animals, before eating or preparing foods for others, and after using the restroom.

Food purchased from the restaurant and taken home between June 6-19, 2015 should not be consumed by people or animals. Please discard any leftovers.

Boise Co-op Sickens 250 With Salmonella

Boise-Co-opThe Central District Health Department (CDHD) continues to investigate a Salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015 – this includes food purchased at the Boise airport.

As of June 19, 2015, approximately 250 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak – including individuals from several states.

Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

Co-op Salmonella Update

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is investigating a salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015.

As of June 17, 2015, 200 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak. Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

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