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May 9, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II / For the Booster Shots blog
A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls' soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday. The outbreak also affected many family members after the team returned home. Norovirus is a common, easily spread virus that causes various forms of gastric distress. It is "the perfect human pathogen" because it is highly contagious, rapidly and prolifically spread, produces limited immunity and is only moderately virulent, which allows it to continue spreading, said Dr. Aron J. Hall of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an editorial accompanying the report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
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BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A possible outbreak of norovirus that has sickened more than 600 passengers and crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship has prompted company officials to cut the trip short, the company said late Sunday. The ship, Explorer of the Seas, is heading back to its home port, Cape Liberty, N.J., two days earlier than anticipated, even after the vessel has undergone sanitation procedures at two ports as passengers grew ill.  In a statement, Royal Caribbean said a spike of "gastrointestinal illness" over the weekend led to ending the cruise early.  "After consultation between our medical team and representatives of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we think the right thing to do is to bring our guests home early, and use the extra time to sanitize the ship even more thoroughly," the company said.  Royal Caribean said its doctors suspected norovirus was behind the outbreak.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
At least 13 people in eight states have died in a recent listeria outbreak linked to whole cantaloupes, health officials have announced. Since July 31, a reported 72 people in 18 states have been infected in an oubreak involving four strains of Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thus far, Colorado has the highest reported number of cases (15), and New Mexico has the biggest share of deaths (4). Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes Sept.
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that 107 people in 31 states have been infected with a drug-resistant strain of salmonella that was detected in ground turkey earlier this year.  Last Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the count was 78. Texas had the most cases -- 14 -- with Illinois and Michigan close behind at 13 and 12, respectively.  The youngest person infected was under a year old; the oldest, 89.  One...
BUSINESS
September 15, 2010 | Bloomberg News
People from six states sued two Iowa egg farms, accusing them of failing to prevent an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has said that as many as 1,519 diagnosed cases reported since May 1 may be linked to eggs from the Wright County Egg farm in Galt and Hillandale Farms of Iowa in New Hampton. "Self-policing doesn't work," Kenneth Moll, a lawyer for the consumers, said Wednesday at a news conference announcing the lawsuit's filing in federal court in Chicago.
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified why whole cantaloupes sold by Colorado grower Jensen Farms became contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes : "poor sanitary" practices in a packing facility. The FDA said it conducted an environmental assessment at Jensen Farms on Sept. 22-23, and inspectors found that bacteria may have originated in cantaloupe fields or on a truck parked near the packing facility. The bacteria then probably proliferated in the packing facility, where pooled water near equipment and walkways and might have promoted growth, the agency said.
NATIONAL
September 26, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A pair of Colorado brothers have been arrested on charges connected to a  deadly outbreak of contaminated cantaloupes , the 2011 listeria epidemic that killed 33 people, federal officials said Thursday. Eric and Ryan Jensen were arrested on misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office in Colorado. The brothers, who owned and operated Jensen Farms in Granada, Colo., surrendered to U.S. marshals Thursday, prosecutors said.
NATIONAL
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
The federal government's partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken. One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been presented. In their drive to end it, lawmakers and others highlight the important work that has been put on hold in the political dispute, especially the loss of key services to families of veterans, consumers and workers whose lives are made better by government inspections.
NEWS
December 9, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
An investigation of a 2009 outbreak of E. coli traced back to raw cookie dough finds the culprit may be raw flour. A report released Friday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases provides the details of the analysis, from the first outbreaks of E. coli to interviewing patients to tracking the illnesses to raw cookie dough and trying to determine which ingredient cause the illnesses. In all, 77 patients from 30 states were affected; 35 people were hospitalized but there were no deaths.
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