Infectious Disease

Dippin’ Stix Apple Snack and Armour Actic Pack Lunch Kit Recall announced for possible Listeria Contamination

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(Best Syndication News) - Certain Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Caramel with Peanuts and Armour Active Packs Cheese Pizza Lunch kits are being recalled because they might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall for Reichel Foods, Inc. There have been no reports of illness.

The products were distributed at convenience stores and retailers nationwide. Only the products with the use by dates and case codes listed below are involved in the recall.

The Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel with Peanuts are packaged in 2.75 ounce single serve trays. The case code dates involved in the recall are 9/01/12, 09/02/12, and 09/03/12. The use by dates on each package will have USE BY 01SEP2012, USE BY 02SEP2012, and USE BY 03SEP2012 printed on it.

Kern County Woman dies from West Nile Virus

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(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the first reported fatality of West Nile virus for California in 2012 occured. An 88-year old woman from Kern County died after becoming infected by the West Nile virus.
Dr. Ron Chapman, the Director of the CDPH said there was an increase in the West Nile virus activity that happened earlier in the year compared to the year before.

So far this year, there have been 10 humans who were infected with West Nile virus in California over five counties. Last year at this same time there was just seven humans infected with no deaths.

Cantaloupe Recall announced for possible Listeria

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 580 cases of Athena cantaloupe fresh produce that came from Burch Farms, located in North Carolina. A sample of the produce was found to have been contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. While no illnesses have been reported to the farm, out of safety concerns, consumers should not eat the recalled cantaloupes.

The whole Athena cantaloupes were distributed to retailers throughout the northeastern United States. The shipments were made on July 15. The cantaloupes will have a red label with the words “Burch Farms” and “PLU #4319” printed on it.

Romaine Lettuce Recall announced - Sold at Vons and Pavilions Stores in California and Nevada

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 19 cases of bulk Romaine lettuce that was sold at California and Nevada Vons and Pavilions stores because the produce could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Romaine lettuce was sold in the bulk produce bins between July 2, 2012 and July 4, 2012 at the stores listed above. The lettuce head has a red twist tie that has the word “Safeway” printed on it. The bulk packs of the Romaine lettuce came from Pacific International Marketing with 15 heads in each box. They all had the code 12EASROM182. All other Romaine lettuce heads, such as carton or bagged packages, are safe to eat and are not included in the recall.

56 People in Cambodia Died from Unknown Illness – Majority are Children under Three Years of Age

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(Best Syndication News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an undiagnosed syndrome that killed 56 children in Cambodia. The majority of the children were under the age of three. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia is investigating the cause of the illness.

The initial investigation found 74 cases of the suspected outbreak between April and July 5, 2012. Within these cases, 57 of the infected had symptoms of a fever, respiratory problems, and neurological issues. Fifty-six people died who had these symptoms.

The infected were determined not to have H5N1, other flu viruses, SARS, or Nipah.

The majority of the cases reported were from the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Phnom Penh.

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