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Marler Blog Providing Commentary on Food Poisoning Outbreaks & Litigation

What’s been happening while I have been in Sioux Falls?

Well, I woke up to snow this morning while parts of the world had either Salmonella or E. coli.

Dutch food safety officials have announced and increase of 76 patients with Salmonella Thompson infection. There is now a total of 1,026 people sickened by Foppen smoked. The US CDC has reported nearly 100 Salmonella Thompson case in the US, but have not linked them to smoked salmon consumption.

The Division of Public Health of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with Local Health Departments is investigating an outbreak of E. coli infection in 104 people who attended the Cleveland County Fair. Preliminary findings suggest animal exposure may be the source of this outbreak.  As of 1 p.m., 63 children* and 41 adults are known to be/have been affected by this outbreak. Thirteen individuals* have been or are currently hospitalized. The county case counts are as follows:

Cleveland County – 61

Gaston County – 14*

Lincoln County – 14

Catawba County – 2

Union County – 2

Rutherford – 6

York County, South Carolina – 2

Cherokee County, South Carolina – 3

*this number includes one death related to the outbreak

The Belfast Public Health Agency (PHA) confirmed that 124 cases have been confirmed and a further 166 are suspected to be part of the outbreak linked to Flicks, a sit-down eatery in Belfast.