Infectious Diseases

Fatal Botulism Outbreak in Azerbaijan Linked to Home Made Pickles

Acidic food stuffs like tomatoes have traditionally been thought of as safe as far as the risk of botulism was concerned. However, an outbreak of six cases, one of whom died, in Azerbaijan, which has subsequently been linked to home made pickled tomatoes, has brought that conventional wisdom into question. More of this outbreak can … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

Trichinella Outbreak in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The National Health Services and Food Quality authority (SENASA) of Argentina has imposed a ban and controlled the slaughter of pigs in the aftermath of an outbreak of Trichinellosis in Pehaujo, Buenos Aires. According to the report, 170 people had been affected by the outbreak and 504 pigs had been identified for controlled slaughter in … Continue reading

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Public Health

Illegal Synthetic Cannabinoid Spiked Bread Strikes 40 Ill in California

The Orange County Register has reported a strange news piece in which it claims that bread, spiked (knowingly!) with a synthetic cannabinoid (that goes in the market by different names such as Spice, K-2, Bliss, etc.), technically called JWH-122, has caused a spectrum of illness in 40 consumers, ranging from palpitations, dizziness and numbness to … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

Salmonella enteritidis Outbreak in Liverpool

An outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis has reportedly taken place in Liverpool, at the Kirkby takeaway, Woks Cooking. According to the report published in the Liverpool Echo, the outbreak has been linked with infected german eggs and improper maintenance of hygiene in the kitchen. This food outlet has had a history of run ins with the … Continue reading

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Infectious Diseases

Texas Listeria Cluster Linked to Ice Cream

The Outbreak News Today blog has reported an outbreak of Listeriosis associated with Blue Bell ice cream in Texas, with the following message: Retailers are urged not to sell or serve products from the Oklahoma plant. They can be identified by checking for letters “O,” “P,” “Q,” “R,” “S” and “T” following the code date … Continue reading

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