The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the cause is unpasteurized milk. The separate cases have been reported in Oakland and Wayne counties.
Officials are now reminding residents of the potential risks associated with consuming raw milk.
“The public should be aware that raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products have not been heat treated and, therefore, pose a potentially serious risk to human health,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS.
A federal judge signed an injunction Thursday, weeks after ruling in favor of regulators and against Scotty’s Inc. The company was accused of violating safety rules, especially in its handling of tuna sandwiches. The customers are in Ohio and Michigan.
Inspectors found mold on ceiling tiles and a lack of appropriate hand-washing, among other problems. The government says Scotty’s didn’t have a food hazard analysis plan in place.
A message seeking comment from Scotty’s attorney Jerome Moore wasn’t immediately returned Friday.
The hospital is working with state officials to try to figure out the source of the outbreak, but so far, no one knows where it came from.
Usually Salmonella is associated with contaminated food, but that’s not the case in this instance. Officials say it does not appear to be a food-related issue. They are still trying to find the source of the Salmonella.
A spokesthingy for Henry Ford Hospital said in a statement, “There’s no evidence at this time that the illness is food related.”
Dr. Frank McGeorge said, “In a hospital setting, it could be just about anything, and that’s where the detective work happens and really has to take place.”
A dumpster at the Eastern Market was brimming with scores of rotting lamb carcasses Sunday afternoon, plainly visible to motorists along Gratiot Avenue in what is a clear violation of state law and a risk to public health. The Bodies of Dead Animals Act of 1982 requires carcasses to be burned, buried or passed off to a licensed processor within 24 hours of being slaughtered.
Eastern MarketWitnesses said the dumpster has been full of lamb carcasses for several weeks – or longer – but it’s unclear how often they are being picked up. Images from Google Maps appear to show the dumpster full of animal carcasses in October 2014.
Some were taken for treatment by ambulance and others were taken by private vehicles to area hospitals. The city-owned complex was shut down so air and water tests could be performed.
Carol Austerberry of the Wayne County Health Department said yesterday afternoon that about 80 reports have come in of people suffering gastrointestinal problems that include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramping. The number might grow as reports continue to come in.
County workers are contacting health care officials to collect stool samples for the investigation, to be sent to a state lab for testing. Surveys also will be sent to the people who attended the hockey tournament.
Fire Chief Robert Tompos said water samples were shipped to an independent lab in Monroe for testing and came back clean, ruling out contamination.
Tompos said people got sick simultaneously, causing several players to vomit on benches and in locker rooms.
Tompos said some hockey players share equipment and water bottles, which could be considered mini-petri dishes.
Austerberry said good prevention starts with parents.
“If your child is sick, don’t let them go to school,” she said. “Don’t let them participate in sports where they are around a lot of people.”
Fortunately, Dale’s in Germany so I don’t have to listen to how awesome Pittsburgh is and how he’s followed them since he was a kid.
Me, I was crushed when Pittsburgh beat out Carolina in 4 straight games in the semis.
But I’ve gotten over it to host game 7 of the National Hockey League finals Friday night. Seriously, in Manhattan, KS, and with Dale in Germany, Amy and I are hockey central.
And Amy once again wants Detroit to win. Zetterberg is her hero.
Game starts at 7, we got the big screen, the HDTV, the food, the beer, and the hockey know-how – watch me explain again to Bob what offside is – and where would you rather be?
You’re all invited. Even you public health students I talked with this morning. I’ll show you how to properly cook a decent hamburger using a digital, tip-sensitive thermometer. Let’s see if you really read barfblog.com.