Aug 31, 2012
Multistate cantaloupe Salmonella outbreak grows to 204 cases
The multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium linked to Indiana-grown cantaloupe has increased to 204 cases, up 26 in the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported yesterday. Of the 204, 78 have been hospitalized, and 2 deaths have been reported in Kentucky. State, local, and federal investigators have determined that cantaloupe from Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. of Owensville, Ind., is a source of the outbreak, the CDC said in an update. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a recall of Chamberlain cantaloupes on Aug 22, and all who have bought the cantaloupes are encouraged to discard them. The numbers of cases by state are: Alabama (13), Arkansas (5), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Illinois (24), Indiana (22), Iowa (8), Kentucky (63), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Mississippi (5), Missouri (13), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).
Aug 30 CDC update
Aug 22 FDA recall notice
CDC reports 2 more salmonellosis cases linked to mangoes
A total of 105 people have now been sickened by Salmonella Braenderup likely linked to eating mangoes, the CDC said in an update yesterday. That number includes two new cases since the CDC first reported this outbreak 2 days ago. Of the 105, 25 have been hospitalized, with no deaths reported. Eighty cases are from California. "Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that mangoes are a likely source of this outbreak," the CDC said in the update. On Aug 29, Splendid Products of Burlingame, Calif., voluntarily recalled certain lots of Daniella mangoes from Mexico because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. On Aug 24, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued an alert about mangoes from Mexico following cases of Salmonella Braenderup in that country. US outbreak cases listed by state are: California (80), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1).
Aug 30 CDC update
Aug 29 Splendid Products recall notice
Aug 24 CFIA alert
Sierra Leone cholera outbreak reaches almost 14,000 cases
Sierra Leone has recorded 13,934 cholera cases this year, including 232 deaths, with the outbreak picking up pace rapidly this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported yesterday in a health alert. Eleven of the country's 13 districts have registered cases, with Western Area and Port Loko the most affected, and President Ernest Bai Koroma has declared the epidemic a humanitarian crisis. The country has established a presidential task force and multi-sector response, with help from the WHO Country Office in Freetown. This approach was used effectively for a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe in 2008-09, according to the alert.
Aug 30 WHO alert