Bad fish: Australian mother and daughter likely died of scombroid food poisoning in Bali

Autopsies have found scombroid food poisoning likely caused the deaths of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff in Bali last month.

Their family has been told forensic pathologists, who conducted autopsies on Noelene Bischoff, 54, and her 14-year-old daughter Yvana, had found they died from a scombroidcombination of food poisoning and existing medical conditions after they ate fish at a Bali restaurant in early January.

Malcolm Bischoff, Noelene’s brother, said it appeared they both suffered from food poisoning that, coupled with their asthma and, in Noelene’s case, migraine medication had formed a fatal cocktail. “We were happy it wasn’t foul play because that would be disgusting,” Mr Bischoff said.

Scombroid food poisoning can result from eating spoiled fish, meaning the restaurant’s preparation could have made no difference, Mr Bischoff said.

3 dead, 13 hospitalized in China food poisoning

A suspected food poisoning in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province has killed three people and left 13 more hospitalized, local authorities said late Monday.

A total of 16 people sought medical treatment on Sunday and Monday after having a wedding banquet in a village in the city of Jixi china.weddingon Saturday, the city government said in a statement.

Three died after medical treatment failed and one was still not out of danger. The rest 12 are in critical condition.

Health authorities have sealed samples of food and drinks at the banquet for tests and the investigation results are to be released.

4 dead, 101 sick; Norovirus strikes hospital in Japan

Norovirus continues to ravage Japan after four elderly patients died in an outbreak at a hospital in the western Japanese city of Kyoto.

Earlier, at least 77 contracted Norovirus after consuming bentos from a store, and over 1,000 schoolchildren were stricken after consuming norovirus.elderly womanbread that was probably contaminated by food workers.

The four victims at the hospital were in their 80s and 90s and were among 101 patients and staff members who have exhibited the virus-caused gastroenteritis symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea over the past five weeks at the hospital in Fushimi Ward of the city.

3 family members die in Spain from food poisoning

Officials in a southwestern Spanish town say a mother, father and one daughter belonging to the same family have died from food poisoning, and have ordered an investigation into the deaths.

Local government spokeswoman Miriam Burgos told state broadcaster RTVE that a 13-year-old girl was the only family member to survive, having emerged Sunday from the intensive care unit of a Seville hospital after suffering from food poisoning.  Reporting from Alcala de Guadaira, 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) east of Seville, RTVE said in its afternoon news bulletin that neighbors of the family had said both parents were unemployed and were known to have accepted free food from local stores.

1 dead, 10 sick from Salmonella in Kentucky

WFIE reports 10 cases of Salmonella in Hopkins County, Kentucky, up from seven last week.

The family of 61-year-old Steve Davis of Hanson says he is the man who died last week from salmonella poisoning.  They also tell 14News that other Davis family members are among the “confirmed cases” in the county.  Health officials say it could be weeks before a source is known, and officials might never find the source.

Teachers run away after 21 kids die from poisoned lunches at Indian school

The N.Y. Times reports that 21 children died and more than two dozen were hospitalized Tuesday after being poisoned by an insecticide-laced lunch served at a primary school in the eastern state of Bihar.

The children complained that the food — rice, beans and potato curry — tasted odd and soon suffered severe vomiting and diarrhea, officials said. india.children.die.jul.13After the children’s complaints, the school’s cook tasted the meal and promptly fell ill as well, according to P. K. Shahi, minister of human resource development in Bihar.

School meal programs in India, like many government programs, are rife with fraud. Corruption has long been endemic in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states.

After seeing the children get sick, the school’s teachers and administrators fled the school, according to Dr. Shambhu Nath Singh, the deputy superintendent of the government hospital in Bihar’s Saran District. Parents brought the sickened children to the hospital. Seven were dead on arrival and seven died soon after getting to the hospital, Dr. Singh said.

The local police opened an investigation into the incident and have been searching for the school’s headmistress, but she has fled, Abhijit Sinha, the district’s chief civil servant, said by telephone.

Charges laid over NZ listeria deaths

Charges have been laid against a company connected to a listeria outbreak that claimed the life of one woman and contributed to the death of another.

The Dominion Post understands Napier company Bay Cuisine will this month face the charges in the Napier District Court.

The Ministry for Primary Industries confirmed charges under the Food Act were laid last month, but would not say how many, and would not name the listeriacompany charged. A spokesman said the ministry would make no further comment as the matter was before the court.

The charges follow a ministry investigation sparked after the two deaths between May and July last year. Listeria was found in pre-packaged ready-to-eat meats that had been supplied to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

Listeria was also found at Bay Cuisine, the sole supplier of pre-packaged meats to the hospital.

The company issued a recall notice for affected products.

The ministry’s investigation sought to establish whether there was any link between the company and the infections.

Mother speaks of infant loss to E. coli

Heartbroken mum Samantha Waller today spoke of the tragic loss of her seven-week-old baby to E. coli poisoning.

And she said little son Henley was now “my guardian angel.”

Samantha, 25, of Percy Street, Middlesbrough, told the Gazette she thought about her treasured son every day.

A Teesside coroner’s inquest earlier heard Henley McLeod’s life had barely begun when he fell victim to a serious E. coli infection.

The beloved tot was found lifeless at his home.

Just the day before he died, he’d been unwell and his worried mum had taken him to the doctor’s surgery.

But an examination found nothing untoward and Samantha was allowed to take him home.

Tragically, next morning on February 3 2012, Samantha found her baby son motionless and not breathing.

Teesside coroner Michael Sheffield said every effort was made to revive the baby “tragically to no avail.” He recorded a verdict of natural causes.

FDA says 500 dogs killed by jerky treats

JoNel Aleccia of NBC News reports some 500 dogs and nine cats may have died after eating chicken jerky pet treats made in China, according to updated complaints logged by federal veterinary health officials.

A new tally of reports filed with the Food and Drug Administration shows the agency has received 2,674 reports of illness involving 3,243 dogs, including 501 deaths. The agency also has received reports of Purina-Waggin-Train-Yam-Good-Treatsnine illnesses in cats, including one death, the FDA said.

That’s up from an estimated 2,200 reports of illness, 360 dog deaths and one cat death reported last summer. So far, though, FDA has not been able to confirm a link between the treats and the ailments. 

The new figures come less than a week after two of the largest retailers of pet chicken jerky treats issued voluntary recalls of several popular brands after New York state agriculture officials detected unapproved antibiotics in the products.

Nestle Purina PetCare Co. recalled its popular Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treats, and Del Monte Corp. officials recalled their Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky and Chicken Grillers home-style dog treats from shelves nationwide.

30 sick; Christmas Day diner dies from C perfringens in UK

A woman has died and 30 people have fallen ill following a Christmas Day lunch at an east London pub.

BBC News reports Della Callagher died two days after eating at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) began an inquiry after the Clostridium perfringens bacterium was found in samples from the clostridiumperfringens_a200pxaffected diners.

Mrs Callagher’s husband John said he took her to hospital on Boxing Day but is angry doctors told her to go home.

He said she got worse the next day and was taken to hospital where she died.

“If she was rolling around on the floor they would have admitted her – but because she was dignified she wasn’t,” he said.

The couple, who live in Hornchurch, have a 14-year-old daughter and Mrs Callagher’s funeral takes place on Saturday.

Dr Mike Gill, medical director for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, said the patient was given appropriate treatment and advice.

“The trust followed accepted medical practice,” he said. “We will be fully reviewing the case.

A spokeswoman for The Railway Hotel, which remains open, offered condolences to the family.

She added: “We are fully co-operating with the environmental health and Health Protection Agency teams while they conduct a thorough investigation.

“However until this investigation is complete we can’t speculate about the possible cause or source.”

A Havering Council spokesman said: “Our initial findings indicate that this seems to be a serious but isolated incident.