Spotting a Foodborne Illness

Earlier this month, health officials warned that shoppers at a Costco store in Lynwood, Washington had become sick after consuming the rotisserie chicken salad. In this blog we’ll dive into some of the details of foodborne illness and considerations for bringing a case after consuming a contaminated product. It seems like every month there is… Learn More »

Oregon to provide data on norovirus in nursing homes

The Oregon Health Authority is releasing records on outbreaks of norovirus at hundreds of nursing homes and care facilities. While it’s not unusual for norovirus to strike elderly or vulnerable populations in assisted living facilities, Oregon reports have never named the affected facilities. Willamette Week reports that OHA is scheduled to produce a full report… Learn More »

Sapovirus discovered in nursing homes

Norovirus infections have hit hard in nursing homes recently, but new research suggests a related virus is also causing big problems. Sapovirus has been identified by health researchers in Oregon: it may be more common than previously thought and it’s on the rise in nursing homes and long-term care centers. A new study shows 66… Learn More »

Norovirus hits Oregon nursing homes

An Ashland, Oregon nursing home has reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus among staff and residents. Linda Vista in Jackson County has notified the Oregon Department of Health, but is downplaying the incident, according to Ashland Daily Tidings. Clatsop County’s Public Health Department is also investigating claims of norovirus in local elder care facilities. Norovirus… Learn More »

Norovirus Outbreak in Washington Traced to Oysters from Korea

Last Friday, the FDA reported that ASSI-branded frozen oysters from Korea had been linked to a norovirus outbreak in Washington state. The oysters were served in a Washington state restaurant and eaten by three people who became ill and tested positive for norovirus. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and intestines). The most common… Learn More »