Health Alerts

February 17, 2017

NJLINCS Health Alert Network Public Health Advisory Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health Subject: Leptospirosis Cluster in the Concourse area of the Bronx Date: 2/15/2017; 14:48:22 Message#: 103336-2-15-2017-PHAD Contact Info: Kristin Garafalo, NJDOH – Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program Phone: 609-826-4872; Email: Kristin.Garafalo@doh.nj.gov Colin Campbell, NJDOH – Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Program Phone: 609-826-4872; …

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January 31, 2017

NJLINCS Health Alert Network Public Health Alert Distributed by the New Jersey Department of Health Subject: Confirmed Measles Case in Passaic County Date: 1/31/2017; 13:05:39 Message#: 103323-1-31-2017-PHAL Contact Info: Elizabeth F. Zaremski, NJDOH VPDP Phone: 609-826-5964; Email: Elizabeth.Zaremski@doh.nj.gov Noelle Bessette, NJDOH VPDP Phone: 609-826-5964; Email: Noelle.Bessette@doh.nj.gov Attachments: None The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is working …

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January 20, 2016

From: Donald Allegra MD, ID Consultant Re: Zika Virus CDC on Friday 1/15 took the unusual step of issuing a new travel alert at 7PM at night because of concern that the situation was so serious, it could not wait until Monday 1/18. Zika is a mosquito-borne viral infection related to Dengue. It is spread …

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May 29, 2015

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Lassa Fever On May 25th, the New Jersey Department of Health reported a death from Lassa Fever in a traveler who had come to the US from Liberia. He was asymptomatic when screened at JFK Airport on May 18th and then the next day had sore throat, fever, …

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September 12, 2014

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Severe Respiratory Disease Associated With Enterovirus D68 You are probably all aware from news reports that a respiratory illness originating in the Midwest is now spreading rapidly and causing many hospital admissions in children and teenagers. This started on August 19, 2014 when CDC was notified of …

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September 12, 2014

From: Donald T. Allegra, MD, ID Consultant Re: Chikungunya (CHIKV) Virus Alert With all the headline news about the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, there has been very little press about a virus called Chikungunya (CHIKV) which is currently causing epidemics in many Caribbean countries. The virus first appeared in the French area of …

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October 15, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate meningitis outbreak of fungal infections among patients who have received a steroid injection of a potentially contaminated product into the spinal area. Several patients suffered strokes that are believed to have …

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October 14, 2012

Consumers should not eat any products associated with Sunland and should discard them immediately, FDA officials warned. That is especially important for children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, who are most vulnerable to dangerous salmonella infections. The number of products associated with the company’s recall over Salmonella has continued to expand over …

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September 28, 2012

Dale and Thomas Popcorn is voluntarily recalling a limited number of ready-to-eat bags of select flavors of Popcorn, Indiana-brand popcorn products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. Products involved in the recall should not be consumed and may be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund or replacement. The recalled products were …

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September 10, 2012

Forever Cheese inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202, from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy …

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August 26, 2012

Fresh Express Incorporated is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 and a Product Code beginning with “G222” as a precaution due to a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses are reported in association with the recall. No …

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August 24, 2012

The maker of Trader Joe’s peanut butter tied to a multi-state salmonella outbreak has pulled dozens of additional peanut and almond products because of possible contamination. Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., has voluntarily recalled 76 different products, including three brands of Trader Joe’s peanut butter, according to a press release issued Monday. U.S. health officials …

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August 22, 2012

Spence & Co Ltd, Brockton MA, a smoked salmon company is recalling Wellsley Farms brand 16oz Nova Lot: 6704701 and Spence & Co brand 8oz Smoked Trim Lot: 6704701 due to an abundance of caution because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail …

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