There’s an outbreak of Salmonella in Canberra (that’s Australia’s capital, on a swamp, like Washington, DC), and there’s an outbreak in Brisbane.
The whole idea of risk communication is to let people know when there is a problem, what they can do to avoid the problem, and stop making things worse by refusing to ID the source or the food implicated.
It’s OK, social media will fix that for the bureaucrats, but why spend taxpayer money on agencies that won’t tell the public shit?
I called Queensland Health a week ago, to ask them about the Chinese New Year Salmonella outbreak in Brisbane, and the media thingy said, e-mail your question, which I did, and still, no answer.
Government-types are never there.
Which is why I always tell private sector types to expect nothing from the government.
If there’s an outbreak, the government types will still have their job and super: you won’t.
According to ABC News two weeks ago – and there’s been nothing public since — an outbreak of salmonella has forced two popular Canberra cafes to close their doors while they are investigated by health inspectors.
The ACT Government Health Protection Services (HPS) has served prohibition orders on the two cafes linked to the outbreak, located in Belconnen and Gungahlin.
The cafes are Ricardo’s in Jamison and the Central Cafe in Gungahlin.
In a statement, HPS said health inspectors had uncovered problems “related with food handling processes and procedures” at both stores.
“The cafes will be closed until such time as the identified issues have been rectified,” the statement said.
“This action means that there is no ongoing risk to the health of the ACT population from these events”.
The health directorate refused to comment on how many people had been affected by the outbreak while the investigation was in process.
Though there were a number of posts on social media from those claiming to have eaten at Ricardo’s before falling ill.
“I know someone who was in hospital last week, for four days, with a truly awesome bout of salmonella after eating there,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“My partner and I are both in hospital,” wrote another.
“Bought cake from there Monday last week, was shivering in bed with fever and food poisoning with girlfriend until Friday, she’s fine I’m still not over it,” a user said on Reddit.
“Ugh ate there Wednesday last week. Friday, got sick/gastro for 5 days. Guess I have an idea where it came from now…”