Goose Creek, SC

#1 Mar 29, 2013
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[The number of confirmed and suspected cases of mumps at the University of Richmond has risen in the course of the past week from around 20 to the current total of 58. The University of Richmond is by no means alone in this respect, Earlier this month [March 2013], ProMED-mail reported a similar ongoing outbreak of mumps virus infection at Baltimore's Loyola University.

Outbreaks of mumps occur occasionally in universities and similar educational institutions where young adults from diverse backgrounds congregate. Although the current mumps virus vaccine strains included in the triple MMR vaccine induce sufficient immunity to protect virtually all young children from mumps virus infection, the level of immunity maintained in older children and young adults may be less than adequate to provide protection under all circumstances.

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The population within the city limits was 208 834 in 2012, with an estimated population of 1 282 509 for the Richmond Metropolitan Area.
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Goose Creek, SC

#2 Mar 29, 2013
Busy busy they are :( Check your freezers!

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:31:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: ProMED-mail <[email protected] .edu>
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC - USA (05): frozen snacks, O121

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Date: Thu 28 Mar 2013
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Rich Products Corporation, a Buffalo, NY firm, is recalling approximately 196 222 pounds of frozen chicken quesadilla and various other heat treated, not fully cooked frozen mini meals and snack items because they may be contaminated with _E. coli_ O121, the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today, 28 Mar 2013.

The following products are subject to FSIS recall:
7.2-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322376909 with a best by date of
15 or 16 May 2014.
22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mini pizza slices with cheese pepperoni and sauce in pizza dough, UPC code 041322356437 with a best by date of
15 or 16 May 2014.
18-oz. bags of Farm Rich mini quesadillas with cheese, grilled white meat chicken in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356352 with a best by date of 14 May 2014.
21-oz. bags of Farm Rich philly cheese steaks with cheese, beef & onions in a crispy crust, UPC code 041322356345 with a best by date of
13 May 2014.

In addition, the following products, which fall under FDA jurisdiction, are also being recalled. FSIS is issuing this news release to make the public aware that these products are also considered potentially adulterated and should be properly discarded or

22-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322374431 with a best by date of 19 May 2014.
7-oz. cartons of Farm Rich mozzarella bites in a pizzeria style crust, UPC code 041322376916 with a best by date of 19 May 2014.
22-oz. bags of Market Day Mozzarella Bites, UPC code 041322804358 with a best by date of 12 May 2014.

Each product package above contains the establishment number "EST.
27232" or "P-27232" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products subject to recall were produced between 12 Nov 2012 and
19 Nov 2012 then distributed for retail sale nationwide. FSIS and the establishment are concerned that some product may be present in household freezers.

Goose Creek, SC

#3 Mar 31, 2013
Nearly 14 000 people in 23 states were exposed to the contaminated drugs produced by the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Massachusetts. An estimated 11 000 actually received shots for back or neck pain, the CDC says. So far, 720 people in 20 states have fallen ill. Most of the seriously ill people -- those with fungal meningitis infections that caused strokes, for instance -- showed up within several weeks or one to 2 months starting in late September 2012.

Back then, CDC officials told worried patients that the greatest risk for meningitis was likely in the 1st 42 days -- 6 weeks -- after the shots, suggesting that they could breathe easy after the 1st week in November 2012. But patients have continued to become ill, most often not with meningitis, but with infections at the injection site, with epidural abscesses or with a condition called arachnoiditis, an inflammation of the nerves near the spine.

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