New Mexico Shigella News – The New Mexico Department of Health is investigating an increase in Shigella sonnei illnesses, mainly affecting Lea and Eddy counties. Most of the 36 confirmed illnesses occurred in children and were associated with childcare centers .

About Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacterium, capable of causing an illness known as shigellosis. According to the New Mexico Health Department:

“…..shigellosis is characterized by diarrhea, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting, cramps, and toxemia (blood poisoning from toxins produced by the bacteria). The diarrhea will often contain blood and mucus. The time between infection and the onset of symptoms varies from 1 to 7 days, but is typically 1-3 days. Possible complications from Shigella infections include post-infectious arthritis, blood stream infections (although rare), seizures, and hemolytic-uremic syndrome or HUS.”

The best defense against Shigella infection is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water.

Shigella is very contagious, and is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route. The illness can spread rapidly in schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, and in any other setting where hand washing and other hygiene habits are poor. Infected toddlers, not yet fully toilet-trained, can spread the illness to family members and playmates. Infected food handlers, practicing poor hand washing procedures, have been linked to past restaurant Shigella outbreaks.

Secretary of Health Lynn Gallagher advised “If your child is sick, please do not take him/her to daycare. This will only spread this illness to other children and their families. If you think that your child may have Shigella, please take your child to their healthcare provider to be tested.”

Shigella Food Poisoning Diagnosis

Infection with Shigella is diagnosed through laboratory testing that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. This is referred to as a “stool culture,” and can be ordered by your doctor.

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On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finished the creation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This action was marked by the completion of the seventh final piece of regulation.

FSMA Regulation Finalized

This new rule signifies the completion of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The new food safety rule under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aims to prevent wide-scale risks to public health by requiring national and international companies to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply.
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The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The new regulation was established in order to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.

FDA Issues New FSMA Regulation

Stephen Ostroff, M.D., incoming deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, FDA, explains the need for this new regulation. “Today’s final rule on intentional adulteration will further strengthen the safety of an increasingly global and complex food supply. The rule will work in concert with other components of FSMA by preventing food safety problems before they occur.”

The New FSMA Regulation Details According to the FDA Press Release

In establishing this unprecedented oversight, the FDA requires domestic and foreign food facilities to complete and maintain a written food defense plan that assesses their potential vulnerabilities to deliberate contamination where the intent is to cause wide-scale public health harm.

Food manufacturers are required to comply with the new regulation within three to five years after publication of the final rule, depending on the size of the business. The rule was proposed in December 2013 and takes into consideration more than 200 comments submitted by the food industry, government regulatory partners, consumer advocates and others.

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Lakeland Shigella Outbreak News

Between December 2015 and January 2016, four patients and three employees at Lakeland Behavioral Health in Springfield, Missouri were sickened with Shigella.

Shigella infection (also referred to as shigellosis) is an illness caused by a group of bacteria called Shigella.

Typical symptoms of Shigella food poisoning may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody); blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements, even when the bowel is empty); and malaise. Symptoms may appear as early as 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food or after coming into contact with Shigella bacteria.

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Preventing and Treating the Spread of Shigella

Kendra Findley, administrator of community health and epidemiology for the city of Springfield, explains, “Shigella is dangerous because it is so easily spread.”

Findley continued to provide instruction on how to best prevent Shigella outbreaks: “The best thing you can do is personal hygiene. Washing hands often with soap and water is the number one thing for patients and employees, then disinfect common surfaces within the workplace environment and patient environment.”

In the face of the Lakeland Shigella outbreak, Findley recommended that Lakeland isolate the sick patients and tell sick employees to stay home.

She elaborated on the Lakeland Shigella outbreak, explaining that those who have already contracted Shigella simply need to take an antibiotic to kill the bacteria off from the gastrointestinal tract.

“We are still working closely with Lakeland to make sure that the outbreak is under control and will continue to work with them till we are at a point that we have no new disease transmission,” Findley concluded.

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Mariscos San Juan Food Poisoning News – The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) reported that as of October 30, 2015, a total of 192 illnesses have been linked to the Mariscos San Juan Shigella outbreak. One hundred fifty-three of those sickened are residents of Santa Clara County, and the remaining 39 outbreak victims reside in other counties. Of the 192 reported cases, 104 are laboratory confirmed for Shigella infection, including 83 confirmed cases from Santa Clara County. There are 21 confirmed cases from other counties including Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced counties.

Health officials also reported that nearly all of those sickened ate at the Mariscos San Juan #3 on Friday October 16 and Saturday October 17, 2015. The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose. For now the restaurant remains closed.

Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advice

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Health officials also cautioned that people with diarrhea must not work, especially food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare workers. Thorough, frequent hand washing is the best defense against infection and spreading the disease.

Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Shigella Food Poisoning

Shigella infection is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) reported that as of October 22, 2015, a total of 141 illnesses have been linked to the Mariscos San Juan outbreak. One hundred eighteen of those sickened are residents of Santa Clara County, and the remaining 23 outbreak victims reside in other counties. Of the 141 reported cases, 49 are laboratory confirmed for Shigella infection, including 35 confirmed cases from Santa Clara County, and 14 confirmed cases from San Mateo County, Alameda County and Santa Cruz Counties.

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Public Health Officials Continue To Investigate The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

SCCPHD is working with public health officials from the California Department of Public Health and multiple county health departments to investigate the outbreak. All Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 food handlers are being tested for Shigella infection. Laboratory test results are expected next week.

The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose. For now the restaurant remains closed.

About Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacterium that can cause a gastrointestinal illness referred to as shigellosis, or Shigella food poisoning. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route (poop to mouth). The best defense against Shigella is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water. Persons with Shigella or food poisoning symptoms should not handle food and beverages for others. Childcare workers and healthcare providers should not work if they are experiencing symptoms.

CDC Safety Tip – To learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from infections see the CDC’s advice on proper hand washing “Handwashing – Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Shigella Symptoms and Complications

Shigellosis symptoms may include watery diarrhea; blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements); and malaise. Symptoms may appear within 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food, water, or beverages. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all, yet they may still pass the bacteria to others.

Uncomplicated cases of shigellosis usually resolve in 5-7 days. While the illness is often mild, the elderly, young children, and immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe complications including, rectal bleeding, mucosal ulceration, and/or diarrhea and dehydration. Shigella can be very serious and in rare cases the infection can be fatal.

Complications of shigellosis can also include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), or Reiter’s Syndrome (reactive arthritis)

What You Can Do If You were Sickened In The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advice

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Health officials also cautioned that people with diarrhea must not work, especially food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare workers. Thorough, frequent hand washing is the best defense against infection and spreading the disease.

Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Shigella Food Poisoning

Shigella infection is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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