June 2015

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports tonight that 216 people have developed a Salmonella infection linked to Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina.

Case distribution includes 15 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina cases 77% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).

Over 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

Of these 216 cases:

  • 56% are male
  • 43% are between the ages of 20 and 49
  • 20% have visited their provider
  • 12% have visited the ED
  • 6% have been hospitalized
  • No deaths due to Salmonella infection have been identified
  • 82% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

salmonellaThe North Carolina Division of Public Health reports that at least 197 people have been sickened from 14 North Carolina counties and 6 states in an outbreak of Salmonella that officials link to the Lexington Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant. Of these 197 cases, 54% are male, 43% are between the ages of 20 and 49, 20% have visited their medical provider, 11% have visited the emergency room and 7% have been hospitalized. Eighty-two percent of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

All 197 people ate at Tarheel Q on West US Highway 64 in Lexington, in the days before falling ill, officials said. Eighty-nine percent of the people affected are from Davidson and Davie County.

Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint). Over 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.

558b154b1a3d8.imageJordan Howse of the Winston-Salem Journal reports tonight that at least 127 people have been sickened, and at least 7 hospitalized, in an outbreak of Salmonella that officials believe may be linked to the Lexington Tarheel Q barbecue restaurant, officials with the North Carolina Division of Public Health said Thursday.

Salmonella has been identified as a cause in at least 15 cases. All 127 people ate at Tarheel Q on U.S. 64 West in Lexington, in the days before falling ill, officials said.

About two-thirds of the people affected are from Davidson and Davie counties, but officials said the outbreak spans seven counties and at least six states.

“In conjunction with other county and state health departments, we continue to identify and interview other ill people in an attempt to determine the scope of the outbreak and the source of the infection,” said Monecia Thomas, director of the Davidson County Health Department said.

32png-b983bd859bfadc76Alabama state health officials say food poisoning is the suspected culprit after 86 children became ill at a Montgomery day care.

State Health Officer Don Williamson said Wednesday that health officials have ordered Sunny Side Child Care Center’s two locations to remain closed as they try to determine the organism that made the children ill.

Dozens of children at both centers became sick Tuesday afternoon with diarrhea, nausea and lethargy. Most of the children were between the ages of 1 and 4.

He said foods the children ate included bologna, chicken and apples.

About 30 children were briefly hospitalized. One remained in the hospital Wednesday.

558b154b1a3d8.imageAccording to local press reports, an additional 40 people have been identified with symptoms consistent with salmonellosis — this time in Davie County, North Carolina.

The Davidson County and Davie County health departments began this week began working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of Tarheel Q, located at 6835 West U.S. 64 in Lexington. As of Tuesday, the health departments had identified more than 30 individuals in Davidson County with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis.

On Wednesday, the investigation expanded to include 40 additional people in Davie County.

Health officials said all people with symptoms ate at Tarheel Q, located at 6835 West U.S. 64 in Lexington, several days before becoming ill.

At least seven of the individuals had to be hospitalized due to their illness.

Good-Seed-Soy-Bean-Sprouts-label-300x300Good Seed Inc. of Springfield, VA, is recalling all packages of soybean sprouts and mung bean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company announced a similar recall last month, also for potential Listeria contamination.

The most recent problem was discovered through surveillance monitoring coordinated by the Virginia Rapid Response Team (RRT), Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services, which revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

The following products are being recalled by the firm:

  • 1-lb. bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21111 10035″ produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 1-lb. bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 20136″ produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 2-lb. bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21112 58772″ produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 2-lb. bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC code of “21111 25871″ produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 10-lb. bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015.
  • 10-lb. bags of mung bean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Mung Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 8, 2015.

The recalled products were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

635706784034234882-new-Tarheel-QThe Davidson County Health Department and Davie County Health Department are working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of Tarheel Q Restaurant, located on Highway 64 in Lexington, North Carolina.

As of Tuesday, June 23, 2015 the Health Departments have identified over 30 individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. All ate at the same food establishment, Tarheel Q, several days before becoming ill. At least seven of the identified individuals have been hospitalized due to their illness.

“We are still investigating to determine the source (or sources) of infection. We are also actively working with restaurant management to resolve this as soon as possible,” said Davidson County Health Department Director Monecia Thomas. “We would like to thank the restaurant for their cooperation. The restaurant has been diligent and responsive during this process and we appreciate their commitment to the safety of their customers.”

The Health Department is asking anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days after they ate food or drank beverages from Tarheel Q (6835 West US Hwy 64, Lexington, NC) on or after Saturday, June 6th to call the Davidson County Health Department at 336-236-3096. The Davidson County Health Department is opening a hotline for calls. Please call today, Tuesday June 23 until 7:30PM and then between the hours of 8:00AM-5:00PM for the remainder of the work week. Collecting this information is important to help officials determine the size and impact of the outbreak.

“We want these persons to call the health department even if they have recovered so we can ask them questions related to their food history in hopes of identifying the source of the contamination,” Thomas said.

At this time, the restaurant has not been required by the state or local health department to close. To stop further spread of the illness, the Health Department has instructed the restaurant to implement specific control measures to ensure food temperatures are monitored and recorded prior to service. Likewise, when preparing food at home please remember that meats and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating, only consume dairy products that have been pasteurized, keep raw meat, cooked meat, and vegetables separate, and thoroughly wash hands after dealing with animals, before eating or preparing foods for others, and after using the restroom.

Food purchased from the restaurant and taken home between June 6-19, 2015 should not be consumed by people or animals. Please discard any leftovers.

Boise-Co-opThe Central District Health Department (CDHD) continues to investigate a Salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015 – this includes food purchased at the Boise airport.

As of June 19, 2015, approximately 250 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak – including individuals from several states.

Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

oSalmonella Outbreak Information

The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is investigating a salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015.

As of June 17, 2015, 200 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak. Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.

  • Report Foodborne Illness Here
  • Or call the salmonella information line at 321-2222 with questions or to file a report

Boise-Co-OpThere are now 100 confirmed cases of Salmonella infection linked to the Boise (Idaho) Co-op deli, according to the latest update from the Central District Health Department in Boise. Because food items from the co-op deli were sold at the local airport, it’s possible that some of the sickened individuals are from other states.

The co-op voluntarily closed the deli on Monday after preliminary test results indicated Salmonella contamination in raw turkey, tomatoes and onions. However, the health department stated Tuesday that additional lab tests are pending.

Boise-Co-Op“Upon receiving this new information, we voluntarily closed our Deli and disposed of all foods prepared herein. As an added precaution, any foods purchased from our Deli after June 1, 2015 should be discarded. Please see Customer Service for a refund,” noted a co-op statement posted June 16.

The co-op is devising a risk-reduction plan and will meet with health department officials to determine whether it can continue selling food at the deli. According to a department spokeswoman, the deli might be able to reopen this week if the plan is approved.