Snow peas implicated in cyclosporiasis outbreak for first time

first_imgSep 24, 2004 (CIDRAP News)—Raw snow peas have been linked to an outbreak of cyclosporiasis in Pennsylvania that may have sickened almost 100 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced.A Sep 17 early-release Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) article said CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials are working with the Guatemalan government to determine the source of the Guatemalan-grown snow peas and how the produce became contaminated.Pennsylvania public health officials noted about 50 potential cases of cyclosporiasis among residents, staff, and volunteers affiliated with a residential facility, MMWR said. Illnesses began in early June and lasted through early July.Of 349 people with connections to the facility, 96 had symptoms including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and aches starting within 1 to 14 days of attending one of five special events there. Forty Cyclospora cayetanensis infections were laboratory-confirmed; the other 56 cases were termed probable C cayetanensis.C cayetanensis is a one-celled parasite. Cyclosporiasis can occur when people ingest food or water contaminated with infected stool, the CDC said.Investigation quickly focused on determining what foods had been served at five special events that took place at the facility in May and June, MMWR reported. Pasta salad containing snow peas was linked to the outbreak.All of the snow peas used by the facility came from one container, which was purchased on May 21 and refrigerated until the last batch of salad was made on Jun 22, when the remaining peas were discarded. No peas were available for testing, but investigators said the snow peas were the only salad ingredient that meet criteria necessary to have caused the outbreak, according to MMWR. Those criteria were: being in all three batches of the salad served at the five events, being from the same lot, and being served only at those five events.The outbreak marks the first instance of the parasitic disease implicating snow peas. Other culprits have included raspberries, basil, and mesclun lettuce from various countries.The largest outbreak of cyclosporiasis, affecting more than 1,400 people in North America, took place in 1996, according to “Epidemiologic studies of Cyclospora cayetanensis in Guatemala,” published in the November-December 1999 issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Raspberries were associated with the outbreak, prompting water-quality and sanitary-practice improvements on berry farms.Guatemalan raspberries have since been implicated in other outbreaks, including a wedding in 2000 in Philadelphia, Pa. Fifty-four people fell ill after eating the wedding cake, which contained raspberries found to contain Cyclospora, according to an August 2002 article in Emerging Infectious Diseases.CDC. Outbreak of cyclosporiasis associated with snow peas—Pennsylvania, 2004. MMWR Sep 24;53(37):876-8 (posted online Sep 17) [Full text]See also:1999 Emerging Infectious Diseases articlehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol5no6/bern.htm2002 Emerging Infectious Diseases articlehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol8no8/02-0012.htmlast_img read more

Florida man dumps bucket of dirt of car girlfriend was driving

first_imgThe Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that they have arrested a 20-year-old man who reportedly used a front-end loader to dump a huge bucket of dirt on a car his girlfriend was driving after becoming upset with her.The incident occurred Wednesday at 2:18 p.m.Officials say Hunter Mills invited his girlfriend out to Crestview to have a talk but when she refused to answer a question, he jumped into the front-end loader and dumped the bucket full of dirt on the car.The woman was not injured during the incident, however, the 2010 Cadillac that she borrowed was damaged.Authorities say the driver side window of the vehicle was down at the time so dirt filled up the air vents, center console and power windows.Mills has since been arrested and charged with felony criminal mischief over $1,000.last_img read more

HottFm 107.9 Releases New Songs on LIB Top 75 Playlist

first_imgWith a passion for underground as much as international Hip-Co music, the industry is getting serious as more and more people are engaging in concert going and Liberian music. HottFm 107.9, alias One Media House, has done just about that by strategizing a way to blend every part of entertainment into one. One Media House, consisting of event planning, management, recording studio, advertising, humanitarianism, community development, artist promotion and a list of other things, HottFm is 100 percent engaged in Liberian entertainment and opening lanes for artists who have the ‘right stuff.’With the coming of the New Year, and the anticipated 2017 elections, HottFm has put its hands on a list of eye popping, heart racing events up to January 1, 2017 to get everyone’s mind ready for what’s ahead. For now, the country is hyped.First up is the LIB Top 75 Playlist, a creative playlist hosting more than 70 songs from Liberian artists living in all parts of the world. What makes the playlist exciting is the fact that songs featured on it are always a blend of super-talented and peaking artists. For example, Starmelo-D (the D is silent), an afro-pop artist with the smashing hit ‘Rude rude tings,’ has been in the industry since 2014, but as an underground artist, this young lad has been making music for years. A sound engineer first and foremost, Starmelo-D decided that it was time to sing over the sound of music that he cooks so well in the kitchen.“When I first started in the music industry, I was just a sound engineer. In 2014, I did a sample track about Liberia and the amount of positive feedback I received gave me the faith. Since then, I began enjoying the music more, every passing day it becomes a part of me,” he said.Now considered to have one of the best hit singles out, Starmelo-D’s ‘Rude rude tings’ has been on the Lib Top 75 Playlist for the past four months leaving him spellbound by the amount of followers he now has.Meanwhile, HottFm is also hosting a massive International concert in collaboration with the brains behind the “ADAY” initiative, Prince Jimmy Dee, who will be bringing down ‘Danze’ hitmaker Young Muse and his management team, Skylet White, the boss-lady’s voice behind‘Balance,’ on December 17 at Bernards Beach.The two artists are expected in Liberia today, December 15, 2016. Excited and prepared to see home, their fans, friends and family, the two have a professional show planned for LIB. What many don’t know is that Young Muse is one of Liberia’s most sought after artist.Nicki Minaj’s former manager and Waka Flaka Flame’s mother, Ms. Deborah Atney, has always said that she has a special interest in Young Muse’s music. Young Muse has had the opportunity of being mentored by some of the best in the music business; and with that said, he has something ‘real’ to show Liberia.There will be security and a protocol during the Jingle Bells Beach Jam that will be people friendly and safe for all. The artists, according to information coming from HottFm, will have ample time to perform.Again as we head closer to season time, it’s time to pop those bottles, have fun and enjoy the show. Below is a listing of the newest songs to be added to the playlist… LIB Top 75 PlaylistScientific – Ain’t Got Time (Prod. By Hasty Baba)Kobazzie – Ma U Gifted (Prod. Quincy B)2switt – My Woman SweeterQuincy B. Olukupie PerfAG DA Profit Feat. Shuaibu – Baby YooAG-Da-Profit-Feat.-True-Story-Daddy-Cool-Bumping-HipcoC.I.C ft. F.A John Buttay prod. by Kizzy WChiller Coolnanee – One more Chance -(Beat Master)201600ConCcoins Feat. DenG – Some MoreEric-Geso-Fall-Down-DieProd.-KillerBeatz1Flex – HOLY GHOST Fire ThemFREE RAP BONUS- SPEEDOI Here- PCK L FrankieKizzy-W-Feat.-C.I.C.-Backa-YardMr. Smith (LIB Money) – Let’s Go PlayMz.-Menneh-Cuddle-Boy-SHOUT CIC ft CRISHTOP N OTHERSSoulfresh-Red-Banks-Prod.-Stone-LuckShineSTATE OF THE NATION- cyphaSweetz – Like Your Business (US Mastered)Tag Team – Least GbellehTan-Tan-B-Feat.-Teddyride-Fullest4-U-Fool-MeVenny Ten Ten‘Woman Lapa Squezze Ft Nig BoyZoko (Pillz)Mezonic – Dah LehVoMezonic – Kelewele Love(master)Make it thick Sammie Love featuring StarmelodJuice- Cypha D King featuring ChristpohCrazy for your love- Z. PapooseShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more