At least seven children have been confirmed ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections, with another six illnesses awaiting confirmation from health officials in an E. coli outbreak among students of Galena Elementary School and their siblings.  In an article about the Floyd County E. coli outbreak that looked into whether the outbreak was part of an E. coli outbreak traced to consumption of Topps Meats ground beef, the Louisville Courier-Journal interviewed school district and health department officials about the investigation into the  Floyd County children’s illnesses.

Dave Rarick, a spokesman for the New Albany-Floyd County schools, said the district does not use frozen hamburger supplied by the Topps Meat Co. in New Jersey, which on Tuesday announced a recall of more than 330,000 pounds of frozen meat because of possible E. coli contamination.

The Floyd County cases all involve students or siblings of students at Galena Elementary in Floyds Knobs, with seven of the cases confirmed as caused by the E. coli bacteria and six others deemed probable.

Rarick said the school system uses precooked hamburger supplied by the J.T.M. Co.

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Radford UniversityThe Richmond Times Dispatch reports that three dozen Radford University students were treated at a local hospital yesterday after a mysterious illness brought on stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

School spokesman Rob Tucker said three of the students were admitted to the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center for evaluation. The others were released after

school reports that parents say they were never informed about a food poisoning incident at their children’s school. It reportedly happened at the OSM Charter School in Weslaco, where meals are catered. According to the school superintendent, as many as 11 kids got sick on September 15th. According to the girl’s mother, her daughter missed

College Park Elementary SchoolToday, the Health Department plans to release the results of lab tests at College Park Elementary School, where a mystery bug sickened about 190 students and staffers last week.

"We have the biggest part of the picture," Dr. Venita Newby-Owens, the city’s health director, said late Tuesday. The department will review the lab results internally

Polk County High School The Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department has confirmed three salmonella cases in Polk County recently. Helen White, RN, PHN Supervisor at Rutherford-Polk-McDowell District Health Department, said all three cases involve Polk County High School students but no connection among them has yet been established.

Officials are still in the surveying stage, she said, and have not

Filipino students food poisoningPeople’s Daily (China) reports that at least 22 Filipino students in a central province were ill and rushed to hospital on Tuesday after they ate a kind of local popular street snack, officials said.

The ill students, aged 12 to 14, are from Emilio Gaston Elementary School, Silay City, Negros Occidental province, said Senior Superintendent

China students suffer food poisoningChina Daily reports that city authorities have threatened to close schools that fail to meet strict new hygiene standards, brought in after a series of food poisoning cases. Chengdu Municipal Education Bureau in Sichuan Province yesterday issued an emergency circular calling for improved efforts to ensure food safety in the city’s kindergartens, and primary and high schools.

Kindergarten, primary and high school canteens that fail to meet hygiene standards will be closed and can reopen only after making improvements, the circular said. The bureau is to send 38 groups of supervisors to districts, cities and counties under Chengdu’s administration over the next week to ensure the new rules are followed. Last week, pupils at Dunyi Primary School, in Wangsi township near Chengdu, started vomiting after lunch in the school canteen.Continue Reading New rules to prevent school food poisoning

About 200 students who contracted food poisoning after eating lunch in a primary school in southwest China’s Sichuan Province last Friday are still in hospital. The school suspended classes on Monday to deal with the incident.

Chen Gang, vice mayor of Chongzhou City, where Chongzhou City Experimental Primary School is located, told Xinhua that all students with food poisoning symptoms have been hospitalized for treatment and examination.

Many school staff were at the hospital taking care of the sick kids. The school has been temporarily closed down. School sources said that they would have to wait for two thirds of the students to recover, and then to decide when to restart classes.Continue Reading 200 remain hospitalized for food poisoning in southwest China