October 2004

Epidemiologists at the Alachua County Health Department are working to trace the source of an outbreak of salmonella enterocolitis that struck 23 people who had eaten at one Gainesville restaurant between Sept. 10 and 15.

Epidemiologist Jerne Shapiro said that nearly two dozen people felt sick after eating at The Swamp Restaurant the weekend of

Wheeling-based produce supplier Coronet Foods was cleared of any involvement in an outbreak of salmonella in the summer of 2004, but the local company has still been unable to find a new client.

The company announced Thursday it is ceasing operations.

The Wheeling-based produce supplier had been in business since 1965, but couldn’t survive the

Salmonellosis is a disease caused by a bacteria called salmonella. The bacteria is found in feces of infected people, farm animals; e.g. chicken, turkey, pigs, cows, wild animals, and pets (dogs, cats, turtles, reptiles).

How does it spread?
It is usually spread through direct contact:

  • from person to person if the hands of an

A significant health threat is being posed by an underground market in which as many as 125 tons of processing tomatoes from the central San Joaquin Valley daily are being diverted for sale as fresh tomatoes in Southern California and Mexico.

Most of the tomatoes are hastily picked and packed into used boxes in the

Reiter’s syndrome, which includes and is sometimes referred to as "reactive arthritis," is an uncommon, but debilitating, result of a salmonella infection.

Reiter’s syndrome is a disorder that causes at least two of three seemingly unrelated symptoms: reactive arthritis, eye irritation, and urinary tract infection. The reactive arthritis associated with Reiter’s develops when a person

Typically, nontyphoidal Salmonella produces a self-limiting febrile gastrointestinal illness that is indistinguishable from that caused by other bacterial enteric pathogens. Dehydration is the principal clinical concern. The incubation period between ingestion of salmonella bacteria and the onset of illness varies from 6 to 72 hours.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea

The US food safety agency plans to release two draft risk assessments in order to help manufacturers tackle the problem of salmonella in pasteurised shell eggs and egg products.

Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the soon-to-be released documents aim to provide scientific information that the agency can use to develop ‘pathogen

County health officials visited Red Hill Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church Wednesday night to find out more about the salmonella outbreak at the church homecoming Sunday. The congregation also heard about food-borne diseases and how to prevent them.

John Rouse, county health director, told the gathering the exact source of the outbreak would probably never

Dateline NBC recently lit a fire in the kitchens of national family style restaurants with its report on dirty dining.

Dateline producers took their hidden cameras along as they dined at some of the nation’s leading family chains, including Alabama. They found several clean and well-run restaurants. They also found some "dirty" unappetizing scenes.