News Scan for Jan 03, 2020

first_imgEbola infects 2 more in the DRCTwo more cases were confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ebola outbreak, raising the total to 3,385, according to the latest numbers reflected on the World Health Organization (WHO) online Ebola dashboard.Health officials are still investigating 292 suspected cases, and the number of deaths held steady at 2,232.The DRC’s Ebola technical committee (CMRE) in its latest daily update had locations for yesterday’s two new cases, which were reported from Butembo and Mabalako, the latter being the current main hot spot in the outbreak.WHO online Ebola dashboard Jan 2 CMRE update FDA, CDC track 85 more Salmonella cases linked to tainted fruit mixYesterday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 85 more cases of illnesses in a multistate outbreak of Salmonella connected to a fruit mix with cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple, and grapes from Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey.A total of 96 people in 11 states have been sickened, with 27 hospitalizations. So far, there have been no deaths. Tailor Cut Produce recalled the Fruit Luau cut fruit mix on Dec 7; the product was not sold directly to consumers, and instead sold for use in institutional food service establishment, including hospitals and schools.”Illnesses were reported from states where Tailor Cut Produce distributes, including Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ill people from other states reported traveling to these states in the week before their illness started,” the CDC said.According to the CDC, 30 (86%) of 35 ill people reported eating cut fruit served in long-term care facilities, hospitals, hotels, schools, or at a university.In a recommendation issued yesterday, the FDA said institutions need to check for fruit sold to them between Nov 15 and Dec 1, 2019.”Because the recalled products may have been distributed to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other facilities that cater to vulnerable populations, it is important that these facilities do not sell or serve them. Please consult with your distributor to confirm the source of the fruit mix and cut fruit used in your operation,” the FDA said.Jan 2 CDC update Jan 2 FDA update USDA issues warning about products linked to egg Listeria recallThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) yesterday issued a public health warning about Listeria monocytogenes illnesses linked to hard-boiled eggs that have been recalled by Almark Foods.On Dec 23, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a recall notice that said the company had expanded its voluntary recall to include all hard-boiled egg items produced at its Gainesville, Ga., facility. They include retail, pillow pack, pouch pack, frozen diced, and protein kits. A recent sample tested positive for the outbreak strain, suggesting that contamination had lingered in the plant.Some of the products containing the eggs are regulated by the USDA, including sandwiches that include bacon. “FSIS is issuing this public health alert out of an abundance of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed,” the agency said in its statement.According to the latest CDC information, the number of infected people remains at 7 from 5 states. Four people have been hospitalized, and one death was reported.Jan 2 FSIS statement Dec 27, 2019, CDC outbreak updatelast_img