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70 people sickened in Salmonella outbreak in Georgia-source unknown

According to Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, in Georgia, 70 people got sick and 4 were hospitalized in a Salmonella outbreak in Newton County. According to Alana Sulka, director of Epidemiology and Community Health with the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments, in Georgia, the outbreak was first reported to their office on May 4. He said that the Health Department is still investigating the outbreak, including “identifying the source and commonalities among those that are ill.” Micheal Geoffroy, an attorney in Conyers and Covington, said he is representing several people who were sickened as a result of the outbreak. One of those who became ill was an infant who was infected through breast milk, he said. @ http://www.rockdalenewtoncitizen.com/news/local/newton/as-many-as-people-sickened-in-salmonella-outbreak-in-newton/article_095fa2b5-c1e5-58c3-ae21-485cf239c741.html

Four people have been hospitalized and as many as 70 have been sickened in a Salmonella outbreak in Newton County.

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Norovirus found in 69% of oysters sold in the UK

More than 67% of the shellfish sold in the UK is infected with norovirus, according to new findings from two studies. Contaminated oysters poison 11,800 cases /year of norovirus in the UK researchers at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences on Anglesey found. In another study, scientists at the Center for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (CEFAS) looked at 630 samples sold in supermarkets over 12 months. According to this study, the virus had been present in 69% of samples. There were 145 norovirus outbreaks across England between January and March of this year. These findings did not prevent David Jarrad from the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) to refute the findings and insists: “You’re more likely to get ill from eating salad than oysters.”@ https://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=5-2018&day=16&id=97295&l=e&country=&special=&ndb=1&df=0

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Norovirus found in 69% of oysters sold in the UK

More than 67% of the shellfish sold in the UK is infected with norovirus, according to new findings from two studies. Contaminated oysters poison 11,800 cases /year of norovirus in the UK researchers at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences on Anglesey found. In another study, scientists at the Center for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (CEFAS) looked at 630 samples sold in supermarkets over 12 months. According to this study, the virus had been present in 69% of samples. There were 145 norovirus outbreaks across England between January and March of this year. These findings did not prevent David Jarrad from the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) to refute the findings and insists: “You’re more likely to get ill from eating salad than oysters.”
@ https://www.fis.com/fis/worldnews/worldnews.asp?monthyear=5-2018&day=16&id=97295&l=e&country=&special=&ndb=1&df=0

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Finally it’s safe to eat romaine lettuce again

According to the CDC latest report, the tally of people that got infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 stands at from 32 states. Since the last update by CDC 23 people from 13 states were added. Of 157 people with information available, 75 (48%) have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed HUS. One death was reported from California. The FDA reported that the last shipment of romaine lettuce from Yuma AZ was harvested on April 16, 2018. Since the shelf life of the product is 21 days, it is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from Yuma is still available. The most recent illnesses reported to CDC started when romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, and in peoples’ homes. It is interesting to mention that the romaine lettuce was never recalled. @ https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html