More E-Coli in Michigan

29 09 2008

From the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 30 cases of E.
coli O157:H7 that match by PFGE (DNA fingerprinting).

Ingham County (MSU students): 9 cases
Lenawee County (jail): 5 cases
Washtenaw County (U of M students): 3 cases
St. Clair County: 1 case
Wayne County: 4 cases
Macomb County: 5 cases
Oakland County: 1 case
Kent County: 2 cases

Ages range from 11-81 years.
Symptom onset dates: 9/8-9/19
Hospitalizations: 13 known (MSU= 4, Lenawee =1, St. Clair = 1
Wayne = 1, Macomb=4, Washtenaw=1, Kent=1)

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Press Release – E.Coli Culprit – Lettuce

26 09 2008

From a press release……..

Many of Michigan’s E. coli Cases Linked to Lettuce
Genetically linked cases consumed lettuce from wholesale distributor

Lansing – As a precautionary measure, the Michigan Department
of Community Health (MDCH) is issuing a public health alert due to
illnesses from the 26 cases of E. coli strain O157:H7 that are thought
to be associated with bagged, industrial-sized packages of iceberg
lettuce sold through wholesale venues to restaurants and institutions.

There is no evidence that the bagged lettuce at grocery stores is
affected.

Some of the 26 Michigan cases consumed shredded or chopped iceberg
lettuce in restaurants or institutions purchased from Aunt Mid’s
Produce Company, a Detroit-based wholesale distributor; and other
distributing outlets could be identified. Product trace back and
additional tests results are still in progress.

“Our top priority at the Michigan Department of Community Health
is to protect the public,” said Dr. Gregory Holzman, chief medical
executive for MDCH. “We appreciate all of the assistance from Aunt
Mid’s. They have been very helpful in this investigation. We want to
ensure that the public’s health and well-being is protected. Even
though the investigation is ongoing, available evidence is strongly
pointing to iceberg lettuce.”

The 26 genetically linked cases are present in eight Michigan
counties including seven at Michigan State University (Ingham County),
five inmates at the Lenawee County Jail, three students at the
University of Michigan (Washtenaw County), four in Macomb County, three
each in Wayne, two in Kent counties, and one each in St. Clair and
Oakland counties. Of the E. coli O157:H7 cases that are genetically
linked, 10 have been hospitalized. These linked cases range in age from
11 to 81 years old. Symptoms of these confirmed genetically linked E.
coli patients began on Sept. 8. More confirmed cases could surface as
the investigation continues.

The symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 may include severe stomach cramps,
diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is
not very high (less than 101 F/less than 38.5 C). Most people get better
within 5-7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe
or even life-threatening.

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More E-Coli…

25 09 2008

There have apparently been cases of E-Coli found outside of Michigan.  I was fowarded the following e-mail from the Michigan Department of Community Health

This afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has informed
the Michigan Department of Community Health that other states have E.coli
cases with the same genetic link as the 24 in Michigan. Those states include
Illinois (2), Ohio (2) and Oregon (1).





Michigan State E-Coli Found Elsewhere

24 09 2008

This is scary.  When I was in college, I always ate in the cafeteria.  Hell, it was already paid for.  It looks like this may not be the fault of anyone at MSU, but instead, someone else.

The Michigan Department of Community Health says the findings have led investigators to believe the same contaminated food source may be to blame. The Detroit Free Press reports it may involve food delivered to the area.

The other cases involve a student at the University of Michigan and inmates at the Lenawee County Jail.  Scary stuff.  It’s the same strain of E-Coli that killed children who ate at Jack-in-the-Box restaurnants in Chicago in 1993





Ohio Woman Sues Kroger

30 06 2008

Frivolous lawsuit.

Amanda J. Adam, 26, purchased and consumed beef patties from the Kroger store at 7100 Perimeter Loop on June 4, the suit says. Four days later, she felt ill, and the symptoms worsened over the next two days. Adam spent two days in a Cincinnati hospital and tested positive for E. coli.

She declined interviews through a spokeswoman. Cleveland attorney Nicholas Phillips filed the lawsuit as co-counsel to the Seattle firm Marler Clark.

Shit happens.  Grow up and deal with it.





Kroger Recalling Beef

26 06 2008

After the E. Coli outbreak, Kroger is recalling ground beef bought in Michigan and the Columbs and Toledo, Ohio areas sold between May 21 and June 8.

The recall involves an undetermined amount of ground beef, including all varieties and weights of products sold in Michigan stores as well as stores in counties in the Toledo and Columbus areas in Ohio.

Kroger and health officials said none of the infected product remains in stores.

“The products are no longer available,” said Amanda Eamich, spokeswoman for the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. “We actually are encouraging people to look in their freezers.”





E. Coli Alert For Michigan

24 06 2008

They’ve traced the strain of E. Coli at least partially meat bought at Kroger

The state agency has confirmed 15 E. coli cases of the same genetic strain in Michigan; 10 of those patients are hospitalized.

More than half of the Michigan patients report purchasing and consuming ground beef from Kroger Food Stores. Additional retailers and outlets may be identified.
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