Food Poisoning Journal
Late Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) confirmed the presence of the Naegleria fowleri amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish Water System at the site of a leaking sampling station. The water system, which serves 44,000 residents in St. Bernard Parish, was tested by DHH as part of the State’s new public drinking water surveillance program. DHH notified the water system and local officials Wednesday evening. The Department asked the water system to conduct a 60-day chlorine burn to ensure that any remaining amoeba in the system are eliminated. Parish President Dave Peralta confirmed that the system would conduct the burn out of an abundance of caution.
Naegleria fowleri infects people when water containing the ameba enters the body through the nose. Infection is rare and typically occurs when people go swimming or diving in warm freshwater places, like lakes and rivers. Very rarely, infections have been reported when people submerge their heads, cleanse their noses during religious practices, or irrigate their sinuses (nose) using contaminated tap or faucet water. Naegleria fowleri can grow in pipes, hot water heaters, and water systems, including treated public drinking water systems. You cannot get infected from drinking water contaminated with Naegleria. You can only be infected when contaminated water goes up into your nose.
Botulinum toxin F was found in industrially canned tomatoes linked to a case of botulism. It was registered in the republic of Mariy El, the branch of Rospotrebnadzor reported (Federal agency for protection of consumer rights and human wellbeing).
Published Date: 2015-07-26 20:27:13
Subject: PRO/EDR> Botulism, commercially canned tomatoes – Russia: (Mari El) serotype F
Archive Number: 20150726.3537693
BOTULISM, COMMERICALLY CANNED TOMATOES – RUSSIA: (MARI EL) SEROTYPE F
Date: Wed 15 Jul 2015
Source: News agency “Sobutya” [edited]
Botulinum toxin F was found in industrially canned tomatoes linked to a case of botulism. It was registered in the republic of Mariy El, the branch of Rospotrebnadzor reported (Federal agency for protection of consumer rights and human wellbeing). The man had eaten tomatoes “Pomidorka” produced by LLC “Agro-Invest” (Kabardino-Balkaria) series 055N 5 N from 17/09/14. The staff of the Rospotrebnadzor have withdrawn this product from the store “Pyaterochka” [network stores which located in the many regions of Russia – Mod.NP]. Samples from other products of this manufacturer were taken for laboratory analysis.
[Although not alluded to in the posting above, it has been recognized that many cases of type F botulism including many of the infant cases are related to _Clostridium baratii_ and not _C. botulinum_. Microbiologically, _C. baratii_, if cultured from the stool of the infant or from a food source, is clearly differentiable from _C. botulinum_. The 2 type F toxins are similar but not identical. – Mod.LL
Map showing Mari El Republic, Russia: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/47148]
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