first_imgMar 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – State and federal public health officials are managing two large Salmonella outbreaks, one linked to contaminated groundwater that has sickened as many as 216 people in Alamosa, Colo., and another that is apparently connected to imported Honduran cantaloupe and involves 59 illnesses in 16 states and Canada.Salmonella in Colorado waterAfter state health officials confirmed dozens of Salmonella infections in Alamosa area residents, authorities tested the municipal water supply and found it was contaminated with bacteria, according to a Mar 21 emergency declaration from Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter.Today the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that the pathogen was Salmonella, according to a statement from David Svaldi, president of Adams State College in Alamosa. The town of about 8,700 people is in south-central Colorado in the San Luis Valley, an area known for growing cool-weather crops.Media reports and official statements have not specified which Salmonella strain caused the illnesses.Area residents have been under a bottled-water advisory since Mar 19, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). According to an update on the Alamosa County Web site, authorities will begin a three-step process to clean up the municipal water system tomorrow. Residents have been advised that the bottled-water advisory may be in effect for up to 2 weeks.The CDPHE confirmed the first Salmonella infection on Mar 14, according to Ritter’s emergency declaration. As of yesterday, 216 cases of salmonellosis had been reported in Alamosa, of which 68 were confirmed by laboratory tests, according to the statement from Svaldi. Twelve Adams State students have reported symptoms, but laboratory tests have not yet confirmed the infections. Nine people have been hospitalized; no deaths have been reported.Authorities have not said how they think the water became contaminated with Salmonella. Ken Carlson, an environmental engineering professor from Colorado State University, said Alamosa’s water comes from five deep wells and is untreated, the Denver Post reported on Mar 21. More than half of the US drinking water supply consists of untreated groundwater, he told the Post, adding that groundwater typically never comes in contact with possibly contaminated surface water before reaching consumers.”Generally that’s been a good assumption. There have been very few outbreaks in these systems,” Carlson told the Post.Local residents are speculating that water could have been contaminated by sabotage or by an accident at a new water treatment plant that is under construction, according to the Post report.Michael Beach, a waterborne diseases specialist with the CDC, said that in the past 20 years there have been only five reported instances of Salmonella contamination in municipal water, according to the Post. He said one case involved contaminated groundwater, two were linked to water-distribution system breaches, and two involved disinfection problems. Since 1971, none of the 15 recorded cases of Salmonella contamination in city water supplies were caused by sabotage, Carlson told the Post.FDA, CDC investigate cantaloupeMeanwhile, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Mar 22 warned consumers not to eat cantaloupe from Honduran grower Agropecuaria Montelibano and ordered FDA field offices to detain all of the company’s cantaloupe shipments. The FDA said in a press release that between Jan 18 and Mar 5 it had received reports of 50 Salmonella cases in 16 states, along with 9 illnesses in Canada, linked through case-control studies to the consumption of Honduran cantaloupe.According to a Mar 22 statement from the CDC, the patients were found to have the same genetic fingerprint of Salmonella Litchfield. Patients’ ages range from under 1 year to 93 years. At least 14 patients have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.The FDA’s traceback investigation indicated that cantaloupes consumed by patients with the outbreak strain were grown in Honduras, according to the CDC statement. Government statements did not make clear how the outbreak was linked to Agropecuaria Montelibano specifically. The FDA has advised US grocers, food service operators, and produce processors to remove the company’s products from their stocks; however, the CDC said the products may still be in grocery stores or consumers’ homes.Consumers who have cantaloupes in their homes can check with the markets where they purchased the product to see if the fruit came from the implicated Honduran grower, the FDA said. The CDC said consumers who have the potentially contaminated cantaloupe in their homes should throw the product away.See also:Mar 24 statement from Adams State College President David Svaldi 22 FDA news release on cantaloupe contamination CDC statement on Salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe read more

first_imgBRITISH distance great Mo Farah sprinted clear to win the 3000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in his final track meeting on home soil.The 34-year-old, who is switching to road racing in 2018, came home in seven minutes 38.64 seconds.“This is it. All I dreamed of as a youngster was running for Britain,” said the double Olympic champion.Elsewhere, Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith came fifth in a 100m race won by Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.Farah took his sixth World Championship gold in London earlier this month – to go with two silvers – and also has four Olympic titles.Neither his narrow failure to complete another 5,000m and 10,000m world title double in London nor the leak of an interim report from an anti-doping investigation into his American coach Alberto Salazar had dampened the Birmingham crowd’s enthusiasm for this send-off.Farah – who has won more world-level track gold medals than any other British athlete in history – was roared to victory by a raucous crowd, who had to be reminded to save their cheers as the athletes prepared for the gun.He said on Friday that his UK track farewell would be more “celebratory” than the frenzied and, at times, physical contests from which he took 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver in London and so it proved.Adel Mechaal, who finished just off a podium place in the world 1500m final 10 days ago, pushed to overtake Farah down the back straight in Birmingham. But just as at the Diamond League meeting in London earlier this year, the Spaniard was left trailing by Farah’s formidable kick for home.The Briton’s time was well short of the 7:32.76 he clocked at the same event last year to break Dave Moorcroft’s national record.Farah for Tokyo 2020?After a lap of honour in the rain, Farah denied newspaper reports that he had split with coach Barry Fudge, who has overseen his training programme since he distanced himself from Salazar.“Where did you get that from? Barry is still my right-hand man,” he said when asked about his relationship with British Athletics’ head of endurance.Farah went on to add there was a slim chance that he might yet represent Britain at Tokyo 2020.“If I’m the best in the marathon and can compete… it depends,” he said. “I think it is going to take at least two or three marathons to get it right to learn from it. It is not easy.”Farah will race for the final time on the track at the Zurich Diamond League meeting on Thursday, 24 August and finish his season at September’s Great North Run.Jamaica’s Thompson back on formAfter an underwhelming fifth place at the recent World Championships, Jamaica’s Olympic champion Thompson returned to form as she vanquished a high-quality field with 100m victory in 10.93 seconds.Britain’s Asher-Smith, who came within 0.07 seconds of a medal in the 200m in London, finished ahead of the Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers – the 200m world champion.That scalp, combined with a season’s best of 11.13 in the heats, will add to a sense of what might have been for the 21-year-old British record holder, whose 2017 was disrupted a broken foot suffered in February.Ivory Coast’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who won 100m and 200m silver in London, finished in a familiar second with a time of 10.97.In the men’s 200m, surprise world champion Ramil Guliyev took victory ahead of American Ameer Webb, with Botswana’s Isaac Makwala fourth and Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake back in fifth.Elsewhere, Kyle Langford finished sixth in the 800m behind winner Nijel Amos, world silver medallist Adam Kszczot and British rival Elliot Giles, while world high jump champion Mutaz Essa Barshim set a new meeting record and world lead with a winning jump of 2.40m.last_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes: Friday, Nov. 13 to Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015: Friday, November 13, 2015•1:48 a.m.  Officers investigated a theft in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•9:37 a.m.  Officers investigated a battery of a known subject(s) in the 1200 block N. B, Wellington.•11:24 a.m.  Officer assisted an outside agency in the 900 block S. C, Wellington.•1:16 p.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:30 p.m.  Juvenile male, 17, Wellington was detained and referred to juvenile court.•7 p.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 900 block S. Cherry, Wellington.Saturday, November 14, 2015•4:49 a.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 500 block S. G, Wellington.•9:15 a.m.  Gary W. Waltrip, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective trailer lights.•10:02 a.m.  Officers took a report of a family dispute in the 900 block S. C, Wellington by known subject(s).•2:16 p.m.  Morgan P. Barkley, 22, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 57 mph in a 45 mph zone.•4:05 p.m.  Zachary R. McCreery, 23, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration/expired.•9:48 p.m.  Krishelle L. Tracy, 41, Wellington was issued a notice to for defective headlight.Sunday, November 15, 2015•11:18 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1000 block W. College, Wellington.•1:12 p.m.  Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 800 block W. Hillside, Wellington.•4:35 p.m.  Brandon J. Nottingham , 21, Norwood, La. was issued a notice to appear for speeding 56 mph in a 45 mph zone.•7:49 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 800 N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•8:48 p.m.  Glenda C. Wright, 50, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.last_img read more