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Be Safe After a Hurricane

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 13:46
The storm might be over, but that doesn’t mean the danger is. Keep your loved ones safe after the storm by following our safety tips. Stay Safe Indoors Never use a wet electrical device If it’s still plugged in, turn off the power at the main breaker. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it. Learn more about electrical safety after a disaster or emergency. If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles If you have to use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles. Learn more

Coborn’s, Inc.’s Issues Recall of American Rye Bread and Caraway Rye Bread Due To Undeclared Allergens

CDC Food Safety - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:53
Coborn's, Inc. is recalling packages of its American Rye Bread and Caraway Bread, which contain undeclared allergens (milk, soy and egg) as a result of an update to the ingredient profile from the manufacturer of the base. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk, Soy, and/or Eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Bravo Produce Inc. Recalls Maradol Papaya from Productores Y Exportadores De Carica Papaya De Tecomán Y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and Packed by Frutas Selectas De Tijuana, S. De R.L. De C.V. Because of Possible Health Risk

CDC Food Safety - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 15:14
Bravo Produce Inc. of San Ysidro, is withdrawing Maradol Papaya, grown by Productores y Exportadores de Carica Papaya de Tecomán y Costa Alegre SPR of RL and packed by Frutas Selectas de Tijuana, S. de RL de CV, as a preventive measure, because the product has tested positive for Salmonella by exams done by FDA. It is extremely important to mention that this bacterium can affect children, elderly and people with weak immune systems. Symptoms are fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 406 - Hurricane Harvey—Clinical Guidance for Carbon

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. During a significant power outage, persons using alternative fuel or power sources such as generators or gasoline powered engine tools such as pressure washers might be exposed to toxic CO levels if the fuel or power sources are placed inside or too close to the exterior of the building causing CO to build up in the structure. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians evaluating persons affected by the storm to maintain a high index of suspicion for CO poisoning.
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New: Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 406 - Hurricane Harvey—Clinical Guidance for Carbon

CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) - Sat, 09/09/2017 - 20:30
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. During a significant power outage, persons using alternative fuel or power sources such as generators or gasoline powered engine tools such as pressure washers might be exposed to toxic CO levels if the fuel or power sources are placed inside or too close to the exterior of the building causing CO to build up in the structure. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians evaluating persons affected by the storm to maintain a high index of suspicion for CO poisoning.

Simply Fresh Foods, Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk in Single Serve Cups of San Francisco Seafood Salad Made with Greek Yogurt

CDC Food Safety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 18:52
Simply Fresh Foods, Inc. of Buena Park, CA is recalling 272 cases of one specific lot of its 4-4 ounce packages of "San Francisco Seafood Salad Made with Greek Yogurt" bearing a UPC bar code of 47502 19701 because the individual cups inside the carton may be mislabeled as Seafood Salad with Real Mayonnaise and does not declare "milk". The outer carton is correct and has the correct ingredient statement which declares "milk". People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Northside Noodle Company Recalls Meatball Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

CDC Food Safety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:02
Northside Noodle Company, an Iron Mountain, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 123 pounds of meatball products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens (soy).

Garden of Life LLC Issues Recall of Baby Organic Liquid Formula

CDC Food Safety - Fri, 09/08/2017 - 08:49
Today, Garden of Life, LLC, is issuing a voluntary precautionary recall of its new supplement for infants, Baby Organic Liquid, because the product, as labeled, includes directions for use that may be misinterpreted. The company is concerned that if not administered precisely following the labeled instructions, the product may present difficulties in swallowing and potentially pose a choking hazard due to the thickness of the liquid.

Product Recall By Wegmans Of Assorted Muffins 4 Pack

CDC Food Safety - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:53
The assorted muffin four pack may include a banana nut muffin containing walnuts, an allergen not listed on the label. People who have an allergy or sensitivity to nuts should not consume this product.

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:33
For thirty years, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has traveled to communities throughout the country to conduct investigations at hazardous waste sites to keep communities safe from harmful environmental exposures and related diseases. We’ve learned that in most states, licensing requirements for early care and education (ECE) facilities, such as nurseries, schools, and daycare centers, do not consider environmental exposures. To address this issue, ATSDR’s Division of Community Health Investigations (DCHI) released the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) guidance manual and website with tools and resources for public health professionals to develop

Country Fresh Orlando LLC, Recalls Product Because of Possible Health Risk

CDC Food Safety - Tue, 09/05/2017 - 10:40
Country Fresh Orlando, LLC. of Orlando, Florida, is recalling 5,999 cases of diced bell pepper, vegetable kabobs, and creole and fajita mixed diced vegetables (product descriptions attached), because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is 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 individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Public Health Matters Blog - Empowering Kids to Make Their Families Safer

After graduating from college I moved to Anchorage, Alaska for a year of post-graduate service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW and AmeriCorps. I served as the Preparedness and Casework Specialist for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Though often overlooked, Alaska is the largest state in the country (more than twice as big as Texas!) and has more coastline than the rest of the United States combined. While a large portion of the population lives in Anchorage, dozens of Native Alaskan villages are scattered all across the state, often hundreds of miles apart.
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Wakefern Food Corp. Voluntarily Recalls ShopRite Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips

CDC Food Safety - Fri, 09/01/2017 - 18:10
Wakefern Food Corp. has initiated a voluntary recall of its ShopRite brand Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Chips. The chips were sold in 24 oz. bags bearing a UPC bar code of 041190 02668 and Best if Used By dates of April 11, 2019 and April 12, 2019.

Demakes Enterprises, Inc. Recalls Chicken Sausage Product Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

CDC Food Safety - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 14:40
Demakes Enterprises, Inc., a Lynn, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 32,228 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Flood Safety Tips

CDC Your Environment and Your Health - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:10
Hurricane Harvey: Emergency Management Officials have requested that people escaping flood waters as a last resort do not stay in the attic. If the highest floor of your home becomes dangerous…get on the roof. Call 911 for help and stay on the line until answered. Listen to local advisories for more information and be careful to never drive through flood waters. Visit CDC’s Hurricane page for information on how to keep your family safe before, during, and after a storm. Take these important steps to reduce the harm caused by flooding. Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than

Dedinas Franzak Enterprises Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Milk In "Butter Flavored Popcorn"

CDC Food Safety - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 13:05
Dedinas Franzak Enterprises of Grand Rapids, MI, is recalling several brands of butter flavored popcorn because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Rajbhog Distributors GA Inc. Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Almonds in JALEBI

CDC Food Safety - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:11
Rajbhog Distributors GA. Inc. of Tucker GA-30084 is recalling 1467 packets of Jalebi because it may contain undeclared Almond pcs. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Almonds run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

Public Health Matters Blog - Beat the Heat at DragonCon

“This is a bad idea,” she said. “No, it’s cool. I have it all planned out,” I replied. “Yeah, I’m not so sure about that but ok…” The topic was my costume. The problem was the weather; namely that it was 90° F degrees outside with 85% humidity, making it feel closer to 100 degrees. I was covered from head to toe in clothing that, while not heavy, did not promote airflow. My only exposed body parts were my face and one of my hands. Unfortunately, both were painted red and covered with two layers of barrier spray to prevent sweating and make the makeup water resistant. I’d worked hard on my Hellboy cosplay and DragonCon was the reward for my six weeks of work. “It’ll be fine. What’s the worst that can happen?” I said.
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Alert - Zika Virus in Puerto Rico

CDC Travel Notices - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 03:00
Zika virus (or Zika) has been reported. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes are infected with Zika and spreading it to people.
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Alert - Zika Virus in Mexico

CDC Travel Notices - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 03:00
Zika virus (or Zika) has been reported. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes are infected with Zika and spreading it to people.
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