CDC announced that it is investigating the recent listeriosis outbreak in several states. It is suspected that the outbreak is linked to cheeses produced by a company in Wisconsin. There were five people infected with the listeria strain linked to the outbreak that were later hospitalized. The company linked to the contaminated cheese is being investigated by the FDA and have voluntarily recalled all products produced up to July 1st 2013. Listeria outbreak is a recurrent problem with about 800 laboratory-confirmed cases each year and 3 or 4 outbreaks. The alarming number of outbreaks raise the concern of what needs to be done to ensure personal safety against food-borne illnesses – what are your recommendations?
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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention made an announcement yesterday of a recent Salmonella outbreak possibly caused by infected cucumbers supplied by Daniel Cardenas Izabal and Miracle Greenhouse of Culiacán, Mexico and distributed by Tricar Sales, Inc. of Rio Rico, Arizona. 73 cases have been reported across 18 states and of these identified cases, 27% have lead to hospitalization with no reported deaths. The CDC is working with the Food and Drug Administration as well as local state officials to identify additional cases and bring awareness to communities. The CDC strongly encourages consumers to take precaution to minimize the risk associated with infected produce. Further information regarding food safety and Salmonella information can be found on the CDC’s main website. What precautions do you advise to patients when they purchase produce? How do you keep patients informed on new infectious disease outbreaks?
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