Cantaloupe Listeria outbreak grows: 18 states, 72 ill, 13 dead

first_img The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is the deadliest one in the country in nearly a decade, because listeriosis is highly lethal in susceptible groups, he said. The CDC has said the outbreak involves four strains of Listeria, which typically causes invasive infection that can spread to the bloodstream or other body sites. The outbreak toll is expected to climb higher, because several other states and local health departments are investigating if their listeriosis cases are connected to the outbreak. CDC said it expects to receive reports of additional cases through October, because the incubation period for the disease is long, and patients can get sick with listeriosis up to 2 months after eating contaminated food. Sherri McGarry, MD, senior advisor in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) office of foods, told reporters that a team of federal and state experts are at Jensen Farms conducting an environmental assessment to explore how contamination occurred and what opportunities the pathogen had for continued growth. She said they will be looking at the potential role of animal reservoirs. He advised people to check the labels before consuming cantaloupes, and advised them to dispose of the products if the source can’t be determined from the label or by asking suppliers. Frieden said that although the cantaloupes have been recalled and are nearing the end of their shelf life, federal officials worry that some of the affected products could still be in people’s refrigerators, where Listeria, unlike other foodborne pathogens, can flourish even in cold conditions. At a press briefing today, CDC director Tom Frieden, MD, said two of the sick patients are pregnant women, and so far the infections aren’t posing a serious threat to the women or their fetuses. Pregnant women are among those vulnerable to listeriosis infections, along with older people and those who have weakened immune systems. Barbara Mahon, MD, deputy branch chief with the CDC’s enteric disease branch, said it’s unusual to see four stains involved in an outbreak, and that they aren’t closely related, falling into two different serotypes. “The reasons for that are under investigation,” she said. Four more states—Florida, Kansas, Missouri, and North Dakota—reported their first outbreak-related Listeria infections, pushing the number of affected to states to 18, said the CDC. Meanwhile, Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CPSI), yesterday urged the FDA to rapidly release new guidelines and regulations for the production of safe produce, which are due for release in January 2012 and January 2013, respectively. In a statement, she called on Congress to fully fund the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act to prevent similar outbreaks. Sep 28, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – Seventeen more listeriosis infections, along with five more deaths, have been linked to a multistate outbreak tied to a Colorado farm’s tainted cantaloupes, pushing the total to 72 illnesses and 13 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. Federal officials said today that the Listeria outbreak is the first of its kind in whole cantaloupes, though the fruit has been linked to 10 foodborne illness outbreaks in the past—seven that involved Salmonella and three linked to norovirus. The infectious dose for Listeria isn’t well understood and may vary by individual, based on underlying health status, she said. At least 25 states received shipments of the Rocky Ford region cantaloupes from Jensen Farms, which recalled its products on Sep 14 after testing revealed the outbreak strain on its cantaloupes and on equipment at its Granada. Colo., facility. That total is eight states more than in the CDC’s previous update on Sep 21. The products could have also been further distributed, the CDC said. See also: Sep 27 CSPI press release In other related developments, Kansas food processor Carol’s Cuts on Sep 23 recalled 594 pounds of fresh-cut cantaloupe due to possible Listeria contamination. The company’s action is related to the larger Jensen Farms cantaloupe recall, the FDA said in its recall notice. The Carol’s Cuts products were packaged in 5-pound trays and included in 8-ounce fruit medley that was distributed to institutions and restaurants in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Sep 23 FDA recall notice Sep 27 CDC outbreak updatelast_img read more

Vitásek is already clear after the end in Amur, he will…

first_imgNational team defender Ondřej Vitásek continues in the Continental League, after the end in Khabarovsk he agreed to cooperate with Riga. The Latvian club reported on its website. The 29-year-old hockey player worked last year in Amur, where, despite having a valid contract for the next KHL season, he recently ended prematurely. In the east of Russia, he played 55 matches with a balance of twelve points for five goals and seven recordings.However, he will not return to the Tipsport extra league, which he last played in the year 2016/17 for Liberec, with which he celebrated the championship title a year earlier. He will add a fourth year in a Russian competition he has already played for Khanty-Mansiysk, Kunlun and the aforementioned Khabarovsk.Ondřej Vitásek joined Riga, where he will be the only Czech. Last year, Alexandr Salák, formerly Jakub Sedláček and Martin Prusek, caught in the Latvian capital. Tomáš Kundrátek, Filip Novák, Jakub Šindel and Vojtěch Polák also used to play for the local team.An outspring of Prostejov hockey and a participant in the 2014 World Championships in Minsk or the 2018 Olympics in Pyongyang, he will expand the portion of 141 KHL matches, in which he scored 10 goals, 22 assists, 83 penalty minutes and six negative points in the +/- balance. Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

‘Old guys’ vital in Nationals’ season turnaround, old guy Max Scherzer says

first_img Three takeaways from Astros’ Game 3 ALCS win over Yankees “We knew we were going to be the oldest team in the league,” Scherzer said.Max is a mood. pic.twitter.com/Jo7VTR2VyK— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2019″Everyone said that was a negative. We looked at it as a positive.”I’m one of the old guys and old guys can still play. I think the older guys bring a lot of value to the clubhouse. The experience we bring, the emotions we bring … all that helps.”The Nationals have been a hard-luck story in playoffs over the years but general manager Mike Rizzo, who has been with the franchise for more than a decade, always kept the faith in Washington. Three takeaways from the Nationals’ NLCS closeout win over the Cardinals Tuesday’s series-clinching victory was decided early as Washington scored seven runs in the first inning with RBIs from Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Yan Gomes, before pitcher Patrick Corbin’s 12 strikeouts saw them through to the win.Remarkably, the Nationals held a 19-31 record in May, prompting speculation about the futures of manager Dave Martinez and Scherzer, who was rumored to be on the trade block, but the veteran pitcher was confident the team’s experienced heads would steady the ship. Related News Umpire Jeff Nelson, who reportedly suffered a concussion in ALCS Game 3, won’t return in series Max Scherzer was delighted to prove the critics wrong as the Nationals reached the World Series for the first time in franchise history with a 7-4 win Tuesday over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.The win completed a sweep for the Nationals, who began life as the Montreal Expos and will face the winner of the ALCS between the Astros and Yankees. (Houston took a 2-1 series lead Tuesday with a 4-1 win in that series.) For the first time in franchise history, the @Nationals are headed to the #WorldSeries! #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/aBEjj43gK6— MLB (@MLB) October 16, 2019″I think every year we’re going to the World Series,” he said on the field after clinching a shot at that dream.”We’ve been in the playoffs five times in eight years and have won more games than any team in the majors except the Dodgers in that time.”So, every year we head to spring training expecting to win the World Series. Get to the playoffs and you’ve got a puncher’s chance.”last_img read more