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1650 Receive Hepatitis A Vaccines after Exposure at Charlotte Papa Johns

According to Amanda Harris of the Charlotte North Carolina Observer, at least 1,650 Charlotte residents sought hepatitis A vaccines after being exposed at the Papa John’s at 8016 Cambridge Commons Drive, where an employee was recently diagnosed with the virus.

Residents flocked to the clinic at the Cato campus of Central Piedmont Community College on Sunday.  The clinic saw about 350 people over roughly 4 1/2 hours, said Rick Christenbury, a Mecklenburg County spokesman.

The Health Department location at 2845 Beatties Ford Road will operate extended hours on Monday to accommodate walk-ins and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anyone who ate at the Papa John’s on Cambridge Commons Drive between March 30 and April 7 should get a hepatitis A vaccination, Christenbury said. The vaccine is effective for those exposed within the last 14 days.

Attorney Bill Marler to Address Utah Public Health Association in Speech on Foodborne Illness Outbreaks and Investigations

Seattle-based attorney Bill Marler will be in Provo, Utah Wednesday to present the keynote address for the Utah Public Health Association in a speech about current issues related to foodborne illness outbreaks and investigations. Marler’s audience will consist of medical doctors, nurses, health educators, environmental health scientists, epidemiologists, university students and state and local health department employees.

This will mark the 6th food safety-related speech this year for Marler. He has spoken to groups of university students, attorneys, public health and food industry professionals at various venues across the nation this year.

“I like to think our food supply is just a little bit safer because of the work I do,” said Marler. “We’re all in this together.”

Marler is the nation’s leading lawyer representing victims of foodborne illness.  His law firm, Marler Clark, has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella, E. coli and other foodborne illness outbreaks traced to food items such as tomatoes, spinach, ground beef and cantaloupe.  He speaks frequently on issues related to the safety of our food supply.

Marler Clark Retained in Papa John’s Hepatitis A Case

A Papa John’s outlet is to blame for a Hepatitis A scare, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Anyone who ate food from the location on March 28 and 29 should get the Hepatitis A vaccine immediately.

Officials are looking into a potential Hepatitis A outbreak from the Papa John’s location in the 8000 block of Cambridge Commons in Charlotte, near Harrisburg Road and I-485.

According to the health department, a manager at that restaurant, who recently traveled out of the country, contracted Hepatitis A and may have infected Papa John’s patrons.

Anyone who ate food from that location between March 24 and April 7 may have been exposed. About 2,400 people could have been exposed.

Clinics have been established at the Cabarrus County Health Department and Mecklenburg County Health Department on Beatties Ford Road. They will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. About 5,000 vaccines have been ordered. The vaccine will work within 14 days of exposure and is free.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Colorado State Fruit Responsible for 147 Listeria Illnesses with 33 Dead?

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Saturday that state Senator Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, had entered the “juicy fruit argument” at the State Capitol.

Apparently, Colorado lawmakers are pushing a bill that would name the Palisade peach as Colorado’s official state fruit, but Crowder said that he would attempt to add Rocky Ford cantaloupe into HB1304, which was introduced in the House by Rep. Angela Williams, R-Denver.

Clearly a well-read person, Crowder told the Chieftain that in researching the Rocky Ford cantaloupe and Palisade peach, he has found that they have a very comparable history in the state.  Hmm, I must have missed where the Colorado Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had linked peaches to 147 ill with 33 dead from Listeria, but perhaps I missed something?

Crowder also told the Chieftain:  “Where is it written where you can’t have two state fruits?”  My guess is that it is written in the same place that Crowder looked when he ignored Colorado cantaloupe’s recent history of killing people.

I did notice that Colorado does not have a state nut.  I nominate state Senator Larry Crowder.

Charlotte Papa John’s Tied to Hepatitis A Risk

A Charlotte, NC, Papa John’s outlet is to blame for a Hepatitis A scare, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

Anyone who ate food from the location on March 28 and 29 should get the Hepatitis A vaccine immediately.

Officials are looking into a potential Hepatitis A outbreak from the Papa John’s location in the 8000 block of Cambridge Commons in Charlotte, near Harrisburg Road and I-485.

According to the health department, a manager at that restaurant, who recently traveled out of the country, contracted Hepatitis A and may have infected Papa John’s patrons.

Anyone who ate food from that location between March 24 and April 7 may have been exposed. About 2,400 people could have been exposed.

Clinics have been established at the Cabarrus County Health Department and Mecklenburg County Health Department on Beatties Ford Road. They will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. About 5,000 vaccines have been ordered. The vaccine will work within 14 days of exposure and is free.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

TRAVEL SERVICES “A Concierge Travel Agency” IN SEATTLE ACCEPTED INTO VIRTUOSO

Travel Services Now Part Of Exclusive Luxury Travel Network

            SEATTLE, WA  April 8, 2014 – Travel Services in Seattle has achieved membership in the by-invitation-only Virtuoso luxury travel network, comprised of top leisure travel agencies in North and South America, the Caribbean and Australia.  According to Mark Johnson, President and Master Travel Planner of Travel Services, the agency’s membership in Virtuoso will bring a host of rare travel opportunities and exclusive values to the agency’s clients.

            “Less than one percent of travel agencies in America are admitted for membership in Virtuoso,” said Johnson.  “This renowned network of luxury travel specialists leverages its combined annual sales of more than $10 billion to negotiated special upgrades, amenities, values and truly rare travel experiences exclusively for the clients of its member agencies.  For the clients of Travel Services, this translates to complimentary room upgrades, airport transfers, special dining experiences, exclusive shore excursions and custom itineraries, offered by the world’s best providers of upscale travel.  We are very proud to have been invited to join Virtuoso and now to be able to offer these additional perks to our clients.”

            Beyond the monetary values, Travel Services’ membership in Virtuoso gives its agents reinforced direct relationships with the finest hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines and tour operators in the world, as well as an expanded resource of insider destination knowledge.  Virtuoso also provides the services of Virtuoso On-Site ground operators in more than 70 countries, all dedicated to ensuring the happiness and comfort of Virtuoso agencies’ clients.  Based at the top luxury travel destinations, these Virtuoso On-Sites take care of every detail, from English-speaking guides, drivers or translators, to private access, prestigious introductions and tickets to top events.

            Johnson says he is particularly excited about the new exclusive travel offers the agency will now present to its clients via new publications and special invitations.  “Many of these rare trips, by their nature, can only be offered to a small number of discerning travelers, and we’re confident that our clients will be intrigued by many of these unusual opportunities.”

            Travel Services is in good company within the Virtuoso network.  Virtuoso’s travel specialists dominate the annual top-agent lists in Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, and National Geographic Traveler.

            Travel Services at 505 Broadway E., Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98102 serving their clients since 1991.  Travel Services has developed a company and team of professionals who demonstrate a passion for service every day.  The agents at Travel Services average over 25 years experience.

            For more information about Travel Services and its new Virtuoso travel offerings, call (206) 935 – 1021 or visit www.TVL-Services.com

Media Contact: Public Relations Department Travel Services (206) 935 – 1021 Media@TVL-Services.com   www.TVL-Services.com

Canadian Cantaloupes are 99.8% Salmonella Free

As part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) routine testing of various food products, a study released today found that 99.8 per cent of whole cantaloupe samples tested negative for the presence of Salmonella.

A total of 499 whole cantaloupe samples were collected and tested for Salmonella bacteria, which can cause a serious illness with long-lasting effects. One sample was found to be unsatisfactory due to the presence of Salmonella. The CFIA initiated a food safety investigation as a result of this unsatisfactory result, which led to a product recall (currently available at Library and Archives Canada). No illnesses associated with the consumption of any of this product were reported.

The CFIA has identified cantaloupes as one of the priority commodity groups of fresh fruits and vegetables for enhanced surveillance. This targeted survey focused on Salmonella and represents part of the collection of over 3,500 cantaloupe samples over five years (2008/2009 – 2012/2013). The CFIA continues its surveillance activities and will make public its findings when available.

The overall finding of this survey suggests that the vast majority of cantaloupes in the Canadian market are produced and handled under good agricultural and manufacturing practices. However, cantaloupe contamination with Salmonella could sporadically occur. Consumers should follow these safety tips when choosing to purchase and consume cantaloupes and other melons at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Passing: Albert Z. Kapikian, M.D., Discovered Norovirus

Albert Z. Kapikian, M.D., a pioneering virologist at the National Institutes of Health who discovered norovirus and led a decades-long effort that resulted in the first licensed rotavirus vaccine, died on Feb. 24, 2014. He was 83 years old. Dr. Kapikian was the former chief of the epidemiology section of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a position he held for 45 years.

“Al Kapikian was a giant in the field of virology,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. “His seminal basic and clinical research contributions to the study of viruses and to vaccine development have had an enormous global impact. Importantly, he was a warm-hearted, beloved, and widely respected human being. His many friends at NIAID and NIH mourn the loss of their esteemed colleague.”

Dr. Kapikian often was called the father of human gastroenteritis virus research for his work on improving the understanding and prevention of viral diseases that affect the gastrointestinal tract. In 1972, he identified the first norovirus, initially called Norwalk virus. Noroviruses are now recognized as a major cause of epidemic diarrhea in adults worldwide. In 1973, Dr. Kapikian and his colleagues identified the hepatitis A virus. He also was the first scientist in the United States to detect human rotavirus, which had been discovered by others in Australia. He dedicated himself to studying this leading cause of severe diarrhea in children, which accounts for more than 400,000 deaths annually, mostly in developing countries.

“Al was my hero,” said Kathryn C. Zoon, Ph.D., director of the NIAID Division of Intramural Research. “He was a modest man who made many remarkable discoveries in virology and saved many lives through his vaccine development efforts. He will be missed by his NIAID family.”

Dr. Kapikian and his research group defined the mode of transmission of rotavirus, identified the viral proteins critical for triggering an immune response, and formulated a vaccine that targeted several important rotavirus strains. These efforts ultimately led to the development, testing and approval by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 of the first rotavirus vaccine. Subsequently, Dr. Kapikian headed the development of second-generation rotavirus vaccines that have been licensed by pharmaceutical companies in Brazil, China, and India. He also contributed to ongoing efforts to improve rotavirus vaccines and expand their use in the developing world.

He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1956 and joined NIAID in 1957. His numerous accomplishments earned him the Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal, the Maurice Hilleman/Merck Award of the American Society for Microbiology and the Children’s Vaccine Initiative Pasteur Award, among many other honors.

“Al was a great scientist who worked as hard as humanly possible on the development of an attenuated virus vaccine for rotavirus,” said Brian R. Murphy, M.D., former co-chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Infectious Diseases. “Most importantly, he was a great colleague to those of us lucky enough to have worked with him. He was thoughtful, gentle, kind, enthusiastic, encouraging and extremely intelligent. He was a sports enthusiast, a master of the knuckleball and a great father, with a loving wife, sons and grandchildren.”

Hepatitis A Shots Suggested After Exposure at Hilton Head’s Hudson’s Seafood House

The Hilton Head Island Packet reports that nearly 300 people might have been exposed to hepatitis A at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks restaurant February 15th, but so far no cases stemming from the exposure have been confirmed.  An employee at Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks tested positive for hepatitis A on last Friday, six days after the employee had worked at the restaurant.

Anyone who was at the restaurant from 4 p.m. until closing time February 15th — when the infected employee was working — should contact his or her primary care provider to receive a single-dose vaccine no later than March 1.  The treatment must be administered within 14 days of possible exposure because people usually become sick within 15 to 50 days after being exposed. Symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, and those infected may also experience joint pain and jaundice.  Most patients recover completely within two months, but symptoms can persist for up to six months in severe cases.  Acute liver failure is a risk.

If hepatitis A vaccines are not available at a primary care provider, customers should call DHEC at 800-868-0404 to schedule an appointment at a local health department.  DHEC clinics in Beaufort County will provide hepatitis A vaccines by appointment this week; vaccines cost $52.30 for people who have health insurance, $25 for those without insurance and $13 for children.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Hilton Head Hepatitis A Alert

Exposure to the hepatitis A virus can cause an acute infection of the liver that is typically mild and resolves on its own. The symptoms and duration of illness vary a great deal, with many persons showing no symptoms at all.  Fever and jaundice are two of the symptoms most commonly associated with a hepatitis A infection. Symptoms typically begin about 28 days after contracting hepatitis A, but can begin as early as 15 days or as late as 50 days after exposure. The symptoms include muscle aches, headache, anorexia (loss of appetite), abdominal discomfort, fever, and malaise.  Liver failure and death are rare, but can occur.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), customers and staff of Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks in Hilton Head Island who were present at the restaurant on the evening of February 15, 2014, are encouraged to contact their primary care provider to receive treatment for possible exposure to the Hepatitis A virus.  On Friday, DHEC was notified that an employee who worked at the restaurant on the evening of February 15 has tested positive for Hepatitis A. The employee is being treated for the infection and has not returned to work.

Hepatitis A:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis A outbreaks. The Hepatitis A lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Hepatitis A and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Hepatitis A lawyers have litigated Hepatitis A cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of sources, such as green onions, lettuce and restaurant food.  The law firm has brought Hepatitis A lawsuits against such companies as Subway, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Quiznos and Carl’s Jr.

If you or a family member became ill with a Hepatitis A infection after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Hepatitis A attorneys for a free case evaluation.