Alberta E coli outbreak tied to milk shakes

first_img Fourteen of the 16 people identified in the outbreak had consumed marshmallow milk shakes, Judy MacDonald, MD, MCM, of Calgary Health Region told CIDRAP News today. MacDonald is deputy medical officer of health working on communicable disease control for the agency. The Calgary Health Region traced the outbreak to a longtime employee of Peters’ Drive-In, according to the Calgary Herald. The employee reportedly came to work despite being ill. She made a marshmallow milk shake mix that was served at Peters’ from Apr 22 to 26, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported on May 10. She said the outbreak carries an important lesson about food safety: although E coli infections are usually associated with eating undercooked ground beef, the pathogen can get into other foods if they are handled by infected people. Some of those who fell ill in this outbreak are vegetarians, she added. The worker who made the milk shakes had the first case identified in the outbreak, said MacDonald. She was symptomatic before Apr 22 and continued to work until she was found to have a possible case of E coli on Apr 25. Using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), authorities have been able to confirm that the same strain of E coli infected at least 9 of the 16 people, MacDonald reported. The next week, on May 2 and 3, lab tests showed several more E coli cases, MacDonald said. Because a food worker had already been diagnosed, investigators quickly focused on the drive-in and found links among 15 cases. One case has not been linked to the drive-in, MacDonald said. The CBC reported that three people were hospitalized briefly. A fourth, a 15-year-old named Sara Burgess, had a marshmallow shake on Apr 24, the Herald reported. The next day, she began vomiting and was hospitalized. She developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and has been receiving dialysis at Alberta Children’s Hospital because of kidney failure. She remained in fair to serious condition today, according to MacDonald. May 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Sixteen people have fallen sick and one is hospitalized with Escherichia coli O157:H7, most of them after drinking milk shakes at a popular drive-in restaurant in Calgary, Alta. Dr. Glen Armstrong, head of infectious diseases at the University of Calgary, told the CBC that foodservice workers should stay home if they’re feeling ill. MacDonald said it’s too soon to rule out the possibility of more cases. The drive-in was temporarily closed, but it has been cleaned and reopened, the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper reported on May 7.last_img read more

All aboard for cheap accommodation

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCheapest Brisbane suburbs to rent by train station00:29You don’t have to go broke in inner-Brisbane renting near a train station. Photo: Yuri KouzminIf you want a bargain rental close to public transport, Salisbury or Rocklea should be on your hit list, according to data released by flat-sharing site Flatmates.com.au.The company has released analysis identifying the ten Brisbane train stations within 10km of the CBD with the cheapest surrounding rental rooms.Thomas Clements, CEO of Flatmates, said Brisbane renters were sharing homes to reduce expenses, and they haven’t had to move far from the CBD.“With rental prices and competition for properties in Brisbane continuing to rise, it’s not surprising more people are seeking shared accommodation as a way to cut down on rent,” Clements said.`More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoSalisbury, just 11 stops from Central Station, topped the list with rooms to rent averaging $145 per week.Rocklea Station, in Brisbane’s south, came in second cheapest at $153 per week for rooms.Among the top ten, the station closest to town was Enoggera at 6.5 kilometres from Brisbane’s heart and with rooms that fetched $175 per week.The numbers also highlight Brisbane’s affordability appeal compared to Sydney.That New South Wale’s capital’s cheapest station location was Hurlestone Park, 9.2 kilometres from the CBD and with an average rate of $247 per week.“Proximity to public transport is an important factor when finding a home for many sharers, which can see rooms and rentals close to stations being more expensive than elsewhere,” Clements said.“The good news is that there are still a number of suburbs within 10 kilometres of the CBD that offer affordable room rents close to a train station, that won’t see sharers sacrificing on commute times or lifestyle options.”last_img

Fluxys: Zeebrugge LNG activity soars in 2018

first_imgZeebrugge liquefied natural gas terminal operated by Fluxys closed the year 2018 with activity increasing across the board. The operator noted that during the year 2018, 33 cargoes were unloaded at the facility, almost doubling up from 17 cargoes unloaded in the previous year. In terms of volume, this amount to 6.2 million cubic metes of LNG compared to 2.1 million cubic meters of LNG unloaded in 2017.Reloading activity also picked up with 25 vessels reloaded in 2018 compared to 20 the previous year, amounting to 2.1 million cbm, up from 214,354-cbm in 2017.In addition, 18 transshipment operations were carried out during the year.  In 2015, the Fluxys-operated terminal was chosen by Novatek’s Yamal LNG as transshipment hub under a long-term deal.In total, 76 operations were carried out at the facility, the highest level on record since commissioning in 1987, the operator said in a brief statement.Fluxys also said that the second truck loading bay was put into operation at the facility, adding that 1453 truck loading operations took place during the course of the year.The company also reported a 126 percent jump in the volumes of regasified LNG that was transmitted to the Fluxys Belgium’s network. Volumes totaled 26.8 TWh (2.4 bcm), which compares to 11.9 TWh in 2017.last_img read more