CDC links 29 Salmonella cases with almonds

first_img The cases triggered recalls of raw almonds by Paramount Farms, Lost Hills, Calif., totaling about 13 million pounds by May 21. Most of the almonds probably were eaten months ago, but consumers may still have some of them, since their shelf life is more than a year, the CDC said. “Among 26 patients interviewed, 24 recalled eating raw almonds during the week before illness onset; 20 patients identified brands packaged or supplied by Paramount Farms,” the article states. Through store computer records, dates and places of almond purchase were identified in 10 cases. US and Canadian epidemiologists and health officials were notified of the outbreak, and laboratories were asked to check for reports of Salmonella Enteritidis organisms matching the outbreak strain, the CDC says. By Jun 2, 29 patients with Salmonella Enteritidis infections matching the two PFGE patterns had been found in 12 states and one Canadian province. “The current outbreak continued for months, and possibly for more than 1 year, without being detected,” the CDC says. The first clue to the outbreak emerged May 12, when an Oregon state laboratory identified five patients infected with Salmonella enterica serotype Enteritidis organisms that were matched by using two-enzyme pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), the article says. The only previous salmonellosis outbreak associated with tree nuts was discovered in 2001, when raw almonds were linked to Salmonella Enteritidis cases, mostly in Canada, according to the CDC. The almonds were traced to three California orchards that were all contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis with identical phage and PFGE patterns. Investigators have not yet found Salmonella contamination in almonds from Paramount Farms, the CDC reports. Tests of almonds recovered from one patient’s home and samples collected at Paramount were negative. However, Salmonella was found in one environmental sample collected at Paramount and in three samples from two almond huller-shellers that supplied Paramount during the outbreak period. PFGE tests of those samples have not yet been completed. Seven of the patients were hospitalized, but no one died, the CDC states in a supplement to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A number of cases that occurred earlier in 2003 and involved Salmonella strains matching the outbreak strain are still under investigation.center_img Jun 4, 2004 (CIDRAP) – An investigation of Salmonella illness cases associated with raw almonds has identified 29 cases in 12 states and one Canadian province, dating back as far as September 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. CDC. Outbreak of Salmonella serotype Enteritidis infections associated with raw almonds—United States and Canada, 2003-2004. MMWR 2004;53(Dispatch):1-3 [Full text] The article notes that California produces about 80% of the world’s almonds and almost all almonds sold in the United States. The almonds subject to recall, besides being sold domestically, were exported to France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Lengthy interviews with the patients about their eating and shopping in the days before their illness revealed that all had eaten Kirkland Signature raw almonds bought at Costco stores and that they had no other food exposures in common. By examining data from general food-consumption surveys in Oregon, investigators determined that an association between the five cases and the almonds was highly probable. The CDC says it is not clear how almonds become contaminated with Salmonella, and California and federal officials are continuing to investigate. “Typical harvesting, drying, and hulling-shelling practices readily enable cross-contamination,” the agency says.last_img read more

Dodgers outslug Reds, complete sweep

first_imgUtley raised the stakes by drawing another full count, then walking on Iglesias’ sixth pitch. Grandal jogged home from third base and the Dodgers trailed 7-5.“A lot of our guys, we can slug,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “but there is a time when you have an elite pitcher, you have to really continue to compete but make an adjustment and really bear down to have a two-strike approach. Kiké right there, he stayed within himself that entire at-bat, spoiled a lot of good pitches, competed, and 13 pitches later he’s at first base and giving Chase (Utley) an opportunity to extend the inning.”Seager did not wait long to finish the rally. He crushed the first pitch he saw to center field for a grand slam. He had never hit a grand slam in a major league game or collected the game-winning hit in his team’s final at-bat ever — at least that he could remember. In the span of less than 24 hours, Seager did both.Kenley Jansen quickly warmed up, then pitched a perfect ninth for his 200th career save.“We can slug as well as anybody,” Roberts said, “but in that inning right there, the ability to win pitches, win 90 feet … it was great team offense.”Four of the Dodgers’ 10 hits were home runs. In addition to Bellinger’s two home runs and Seager’s grand slam, Utley hit a pitch over the center-field fence and off the glove of Billy Hamilton for his fourth home run of the season. Utley also walked three times.The Reds hit four home runs as well. According to Stats LLC, it was the second game in Dodger Stadium history to feature at least four home runs by both teams.Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed four runs in four innings. The left-hander allowed six hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out five. Neither he nor Reds starter Tim Adleman (five innings, three runs) factored into the decision.Ryu pitched a perfect first inning. The first pitch he threw in the second inning, an 89-mph fastball to Adam Duvall, landed over the fence for a home run. A single by Eugenio Suarez, followed by a home run by Scott Schebler, gave the Reds a sudden 3-0 lead.Schebler, the former Dodgers outfielder, briefly moved into the National League lead with 18 home runs.Bellinger answered in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run blast to right field. Joey Votto answered with a solo home run in the third inning, his 18th of the year, tying Schebler for the league lead.A two-run home run by Devin Mesoraco against Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling gave the Reds a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning.The game ended when Eugenio Suarez flied out to center field against Jansen. The center fielder, Chris Taylor, accidentally flipped the ball into the stands — the final out of Jansen’s 200th save temporarily lost among the announced crowd of 42,674.“I really wanted the ball, but at the same time I don’t care,” Jansen said. “It was a little disappointing but … at the end of the day we won the ballgame.”The other casualty of this game was Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who was forced to leave after six innings because of pain in his back. Gonzalez has been dealing with a herniated disk between his L4 and L5 vertebrae all season.Gonzalez said he might get an MRI on Monday. The Dodgers are scheduled to begin a trip in Cleveland on Tuesday, and Roberts hinted that Joc Pederson could be summoned from his minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma City in case Gonzalez needs to go on the disabled list.Gonzalez said the MRI would help “to see if it’s gotten any worse, see what options I have moving forward.”Removing Gonzalez paid immediate dividends for the Dodgers. Hernandez entered the game when Gonzalez left. One inning later, he delivered the 13-pitch walk against Iglesias. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds combined to hit eight home runs Sunday.The last one carried the day.Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager capped a brilliant weekend with a grand slam against Reds closer Raisel Iglesias in the eighth inning of a 9-7 victory at Dodger Stadium. That clinched the Dodgers’ three-game sweep of the Reds, their fourth straight win overall.A day earlier, Seager walked off the Reds by hitting a two-run double in the Dodgers’ final at-bat.center_img “It was a changeup,” Seager said of Iglesias’ pitch. “I was just trying to look for something out over the plate up, really not trying to do too much. Not trying to drive in everybody — just sac fly, base hit, score one, move-it-to-the-next-guy kind of mentality.”Seager failed in that regard. The next guy, Justin Turner, batted with the bases empty and struck out. But the move-it-to-the-next-guy approach served the Dodgers well in the eighth inning, when they scored six runs to turn a 7-3 deficit into a 9-7 advantage.The inning began with a solo home run by Cody Bellinger — his second of the day — against reliever Austin Brice. Brice allowed a single to Yasmani Grandal before Reds manager Bryan Price called upon Iglesias, his closer, to get a rare five-out save.Yasiel Puig was the first batter. He took four straight pitches out of the strike zone for a walk.Kiké Hernandez was next. He fouled off a total of eight pitches during a 13-pitch plate appearance. Iglesias’ final pitch was called a ball, loading the bases for Chase Utley.last_img read more

Bubble Dribble: Here’s what an NBA game is like without fans

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the Friday July 24 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Reporter Kyle Goon is one of the few in the country allowed inside the NBA’s bubble. To get the “Bubble Dribble” insider accounts in your inbox throughout the NBA conclusion, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — It’s an exchange I’ve seen perhaps a hundred times. I’ve never heard it like this.LeBron James ran to the rack and dropped in a lay-up on Thursday night, then hunted out a referee: “That’s an And-1,” he said, asking for a whistle on contact by the Mavericks defense. Moments later, Jared Dudley was called for a foul. Frank Vogel was incensed by a perceived double standard. As James shouted an expletive, Vogel started arguing his case.“LeBron’s getting mauled down there,” he said to official Jacyn Goble, “and it’s ‘Play on.’” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersI’ve written about this before, but usually experience it like this: Reporters on the sideline spot body language between coaches, players and officials, and make a note to ask about it later. What coaches and players say after the game helps shape how we view those moments. Even though media seats at Staples Center are fantastic, the din of a passionate crowd usually blankets the chatter on the court.But in the Visa Athletic Center, an airy field house that is split in two by a black curtain to cordon off the playing area from the improvised “locker rooms,” there is no overlapping fan noise of any kind. There are no fans at all.Three days into scrimmages at the NBA bubble, I’ve watched games at each of the three venues at Wide World of Sports on the Disney campus. They’re all perched close together, and they’re all much smaller than NBA arenas. As far as I can tell, Visa Athletic Center, the smallest and most intimate of all three, isn’t truly designed for large spectating crowds in any way.In a world with COVID-19, everyone is tuning in on TV. In person, the venue reflects a television product with large digital screens and about 30 different cameras (all but three controlled remotely) capturing the action. There’s music during possessions, and I heard from TV viewers that crowd noise was added artificially on the broadcast to simulate the feel of a normal game.So to be one of the two hundred-or-so people sitting live — and as Joe Vardon put it at The Athletic, “spitting distance” — is weird. Audiences are not just set dressing for TV (which some have argued they are), but they help create drama, help accentuate the powerful moments and highlights, and ultimately do things that actually do affect the game — like forcing coaches to take timeouts. I imagined it would be like tuning in to your favorite song, but only having the bass line without being able to hear any other instrument. And sometimes, it is. My first encounter was during a scrimmage between the Clippers and the Orlando Magic, which was a staid, sterile environment at The Arena, the largest venue on campus. The in-arena temperature was comparable to a meat locker — I don’t know if it mattered ultimately that it was chilly, but maybe it did. While the technological aspects designed for television looked impressive, it was sometimes difficult to feel like I was watching the same game.So many times, fans punctuate not just what we pay attention to, but become characters within the stories we write. The NBA has picked up home court sounds and graphics to help simulate home court advantage, so it started hitting me how weird some of these things sound on their own: from the race car engines of the Indiana Pacers, to the robotic monotone of “DE-FENSE” the Clippers played over some of their possessions. A call without a response feels completely unnatural — and just a little sad.But that overall lack of energy translated to the teams playing, and on spaced-out benches, it took each team a while to kind of buy in — but eventually by the end of the game, they seemed to, waving towels and shouting.Lou Williams was a little hoarse in his press conference following the scrimmage, and when he said it was the most he’s ever had to talk from the bench during a game, Doc Rivers — who has the most well-known rasp in the league — butted into his Zoom call with reporters: “Now you know this is why I talk like this!”I was a little cold on the overall experience: Truthfully, I love that NBA games are big events. This is also true of pregame routines for reporters, which consists of mingling along the sidelines with NBA staffers and coaches and other media alike. At Staples Center, the courtside stars feel just as much a part of the game as the stanchion or the 3-point line. This is one aspect that makes covering the Lakers unlike any job I’ve ever had.But coming away from Thursday night’s game in the smallest venue here has begun to sway my opinion.The media had spaced-out courtside seats, giving us fantastic vantages of both the action and the dialogue. I got to hear a lot of player communication, especially on defense. Vogel has said many, many times that James is the “quarterback” of his defense (yes, it’s a mixed metaphor), but I’ve never heard that more clearly than in the scrimmage, as James barked during almost every possession who was going to be covering who.“You stay on (Justin) Jackson,” James shouted in one break, then pointed to Tim Hardaway Jr. “I’ll stay on him.” It was at a distance so I can’t be sure, but Hardaway seemed to shoot James a dirty look (it’s not exactly a compliment that LeBron wants to guard you on defense).You get to hear what coaches are concerned about, especially in breaks in music. During a Mavericks possession, gigantic center Boban Marjanovic was fed the ball in the post and prepared to back down Dwight Howard. A chorus of Mavericks bench voices said all at once: “TAKE YOUR TIME!”Thursday’s postgame comments were mostly occupied by issues of social justice (which we wrote about at length), but I still have a list of questions about things I heard. For example, why, when Quinn Cook was sinking free throws at the line, were LeBron and Anthony Davis shouting “Green beans!” (A Twitter follower offered that it was a reference to NBA 2K, which the trio has played together)?It felt like the Lakers and Mavericks had gotten revved up to be loud from the bench. One of the best moments came as Dion Waiters made his Lakers’ debut, and firing up a 3-pointer before the buzzer. Even before the shot fell, the Lakers bench was up and shouting his nickname: “CHEEEEEEEEESE!”Again, it’s worth reminding how small these places are. Taking a quick break at halftime, I walked by a number of players and coaches, and realized they were spending most of their 15 minutes on the warm-up courts just on the other side of the curtain. Even venues with locker rooms don’t really have many amenities. Players don’t even shower at the venues, heading straight on the bus moments after the clock runs out.This experience was definitely not the NBA I know, but shoot, it was entertaining. Earlier this week, Danny Green speculated that the fanless environment might be like a high-level pickup game at L.A. Fitness — in this third game I watched, that seemed to capture it. Of course it doesn’t really matter to the NBA how the court feels to me: The impressions of the millions at home are going to determine whether this restart is actually a success.What is going to be hardest to replicate are those clock-stopping or clock-slowing moments. I think of athletic, tone-setting blocks that send would-be layups careening into the stands. I think of big dunks that force the other team to huddle up and take a break. I think of incredibly tense and dramatic playoff possessions, thick with excitement, as fans stand up to see if their team can actually pull this one out.What would LeBron’s chasedown block in Game 7 of 2016 be like without fans? Ray Allen’s 2013 shot in Game 6? What would either of Damian Lillard’s walkoff buzzer-beaters to close out series be like without the crowd of some 20,000 people losing their minds? None of these moments will be the same — that’s not really up for debate.But there’s a lot the NBA is doing to try to adapt to the COVID-19 era, including replicating homecourt environments as much as possible — this is particularly of interest to the Lakers and Clippers, who are high seeds for the upcoming playoffs. On the 17-foot digital boards surrounding three sides of each court, there will be “virtual fans” in attendance selected by home court teams. On Thursday, images of the Laker girls flashed in an attempt to restore some of the Showtime magic to the venue.My impression, however, is the games will largely be on the spectrum I’ve already seen. They can feel distant and somewhat off-rhythm. But as players adapt more to the environment and the stakes rise, I imagine that they’ll end up feeling more intimate and heated. A venue without in-person fans is far from perfect, but if the league can find a way to keep up the intensity in these small spaces, it just might do for now.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. Reporter Kyle Goon is one of the few in the country allowed inside the NBA’s bubble. To get the “Bubble Dribble” insider accounts in your inbox throughout the NBA’s conclusion , sign up here.From the Bubble“There ain’t been no damn movement for us.’ – LeBron stumps for Breonna Taylor’s case and expresses frustrations over racial justice in America.Taking up for Taylor – A more pointed look at why Taylor’s case has spoken to NBA players and how they’re voicing themselves about it.Basketball is back – The Lakers made their debut in a scrimmage against the Mavericks where LeBron and AD looked lively.More on fan-less arenas – What is different about the new venues in Disney, and what the NBA is still trying to figure out.The pull of real life – The difficult decisions some players are already making, as they decide whether to leave the bubble for personal reasons.Markieff Morris arrives – He’s since cleared quarantine but didn’t play on Thursday.A swift building project – Our last newsletter reflected on how quickly the NBA was able to organize the restart.Follow along on Instagram – I’m sharing stories from the bubble in a different way, and you can check it out here.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more