American Airlines food blamed in death of Miami man Clostridium perfringens

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Clostridium perfringens

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Dec 2, 2011
Cholangiohepatitis (CAH) in broiler chickens is characterized by inflammatory proliferative and dystrophic necrobiotic alterations in bile ducts and the liver parenchyma. Usually, no clinical signs are observed. The increased daily mortality is insignificant, although in some chickens, a retarded growth and dehydration could be present. Pathoanatomically, the liver is enlarged and with paler yellow colour. In some cases, its surface has a characteristic acinous appearance and in others is mottled with multiple small greyish-white or greenish foci.

The walls of the gall bladder are thickened, sometimes up to 5-6 cm, and opaque. The state is detected in the last phase of the fattening period or in the slaughterhouse. It is possible to observe CHA as an independent disease or associated with necrotic enteritis.

127The walls of the gall bladder are thickened, sometimes up to 5-6 cm, and opaque. The state is detected in the last phase of the fattening period or in the slaughterhouse. It is possible to observe CHA as an independent disease or associated with necrotic enteritis.

A transverse cross section through the thickened gall bladder wall

128A transverse cross section through the thickened gall bladder wall

Clostridium perfringens is the aetiological agent. CAH is experimentally reproduced in broilers by ligation of bile ducts and inoculation with CI. perfringens. The gall bladder is filled with a thick bile secretion or a dense matter with a creamy colour.

Clostridium perfringens is the aetiological agent. CAH is experimentally reproduced in broilers by ligation of bile ducts and inoculation with CI. perfringens. The gall bladder is filled with a thick bile secretion or a dense matter with a creamy colour.

In some chickens, the sub¬cutaneous fat and the body fat have an icteric tint.

130In some chickens, the sub¬cutaneous fat and the body fat have an icteric tint.
Clostridium perfringens

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Dec 2, 2011
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/airline-... Histologically, the liver lesions are detected at a various stage of development. In the majority of cases, proliferative changes in bile ducts are observed. The overgrown bile ducts form granulomatous struc¬tures, surrounded by fine reticular fibres. Centrally, in some granulomas, either initial or advanced degree of necrosis and weak to moderate granulocytic infiltration are observed.Airline food is notoriously unappetizing. But can it kill?
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That's the claim in a suit recently filed by the wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes against American Airlines and the contractor that prepared his inflight meal. The two plaintiffs allege that Cortes died after eating a meal on a transatlantic American flight. In their lawsuit against the airline and Sky Chefs--a German company subcontracted to prepare food on American Airlines flights--the Corteses allege that the meal served on Cortes' flight between Barcelona, Spain and New York was contaminated with bacteria.
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The Cortes family's suit, filed in a Miami district court, accuses American and Sky Chefs of "failing to properly maintain or prepare the food" and alleges that the companies allowed the food to become contaminated with the Clostridium perfringens bacteria. CNN reports that the perfringens bacteria transmits one of the most commonly reported foodborne illnesses in the United States, but is rarely fatal. A few deaths are reported each year as a result of dehydration and other complications associated with food poisoning.

After his flight landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Cortes, 73, began to feel "discomfort and pain that included sharp stomach cramps and sudden thirst and other clear outward manifestation of severe physical illness," the suit alleges. Once he'd boarded his connecting flight to Miami, Cortes experienced nausea and shortness of breath and suffered a cardiac event that left him unresponsive. The plane made an emergency landing in Norfolk, Va., but Cortes was pronounced dead on arrival.
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LSG Sky Chefs, the German company that makes airlines meals for more than 300 airlines, has petitioned to get the suit dismissed. "Based upon the allegations in the complaint it is not possible that Sky Chefs is the responsible party because we did not cater the Barcelona flight in question," said spokeswoman Josefine Corsten.

An unusual part of the lawsuit alleges that American Airlines was at fault for allowing Cortes to board the second leg of his flight, since he was in a compromised state. As the Department of Transportation told MSNBC, it's far more common for aggrieved airline passengers to lodge complaints for the opposite reason:
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"We're not aware of receiving any complaints regarding passengers whom the airlines should have denied boarding due to illness but who nevertheless were allowed to fly," DOT spokesman Bill Mosley told MSNBC. Instead, he said, the agency typically hears from passengers who are trying to board a plane, but are then prevented from doing so.
Clostridium perfringens

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Dec 2, 2011
In many bile ducts, a biliary stasis is present and within some, among the stagnated secretion, a huge amount of microorganisms are detected. Pericanalicularly, coagulation necroses are frequently noticed. Among some of these foci, hyalinization of the necrotic masses and single microorganisms are present. Around the necroses, a belt of macrophages, lymphocytes and granulocytes is formed.
Clostridium perfringens

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Dec 2, 2011
Many Gram-positive bacteria are detected among granulomas, in bile ducts' lumen and into the gall bladder, often accompanied by inflammatory lesions. The mucosa of bile ducts and the gall bladder is frequently necrotized and the wall is thickened because of connective tissue growth. The diagnosis is based on the characteristic gross and microscopic lesions. The prevention is similar to that in NE.
Clostridium perfringens t

Los Angeles, CA

#5 Dec 2, 2011
Ulcerative enteritis (UE) is characterized by inflammatory ulcerative and necrotic changes in intestinal mucosa and dystrophic necrobiotic lesions of the liver and the spleen. The clinical signs include a general malaise, ruffled feathers, diarrhoea and anaemia. In many instances, the disease begins with a sudden death. Pathoanatomically, deep button¬like ulcers are observed, mainly in caeca and less frequently, in some parts of the small intestine, usually visible through the wall.• Military dogs taking Xanax, receiving therapy, for canine PTSD
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• Video: pig learns to walk upright on its front legs Clostridium perfringensThey add that the airline shouldn't have allowed Cortes access to the Miami flight without first finding him medical attention.
The Cortes family are now seeking over $1million in damages, but Sky Chefs say they did not cater that flight and are opposing the legal action.
American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy two days ago in a desperate push to offload huge debts following years of rising fuel prices and labour costs.
The reorganisation of American Airlines and its parent company AMR Corp could lead to a shakeup in prices, fewer flights and an altered flying experience, it was warned.
The airline insisted it would honour existing bookings and airmiles for passengers, but experts fear the company's bankruptcy may affect future plans.
Thank You AA SNOBS

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Dec 2, 2011
I am so happy you dropped off the menu. Thanks to your competition, they sure ripped your license away. Yeay! GOOD. Do you like it? GOOD. Now you know what it feels like to have to FIRE 100,000 employees , that's 100,000 SNOBS looking for JOBS!

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