Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Chicken From California Plants
Raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in
California has been identified as the cause of a salmonella
outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 18 states since March,
according to federal officials.
Consumers need to cook chicken thoroughly and take other
precautions in order to prevent illness, the Department of
Agriculture said Monday. The chicken was distributed to retail
outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state and most of the
illnesses have occurred in California, the
Even though the outbreak appears to have begun in March, the
USDA was only notified of the illnesses in July, according to Dan
Engeljohn of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. He said
investigators had a difficult time pinpointing the source of the
No recall is in effect and the salmonella infections were caused
by eating chicken that was undercooked or improperly handled, a
spokesman for Foster Farms told the
The three facilities that packaged the chicken associated with
the outbreak were all in California's Central Valley, one in
Livingston and two in Fresno. The USDA had not directly connected
the outbreak to a specific product or production period. Suspect
packages of chicken would have USDA marks P6137, P6137A and
California health officials said no recall was planned, but
reminded consumers that chicken must be cooked to an internal
temperature of 165 degrees F.
"This is the important public health issue," Anita Gore, spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health, told the AP. "Chicken can carry bacteria, and chicken needs to be fully cooked."
She added that people must thoroughly wash their hands after
handling raw meat.
Anyone who believes they were infected by salmonella and has
symptoms such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps should contact a
doctor immediately, Gore told the
Turkey Hill Ice Cream Recalled
Some types of Turkey Hill ice cream sold at stores in certain
states are being recalled because they might contain metal
The voluntary recall is limited to products sold at certain
Turkey Hill Minit Markets in Pennsylvania, some Wal-Mart stores in
Pennsylvania and West Virginia and other small grocery and
convenience stores in Pennsylvania and Maryland,
The recall covers:
The products would have been purchased by Oct. 1, 2013. No
illnesses have been reported, according to the Conestoga, Pa.-based
Customers can return the recalled products to the place of
purchase for a refund, or contact Turkey Hill at
W. Virginia Has Highest Rate of Fatal Drug Overdoses: Report
West Virginia has the highest rate of fatal drug overdoses in
the United States, followed by New Mexico and Kentucky, according
to a new report.
In 2010, the rate in West Virginia was 28.9 overdose deaths per
100,000 people, which is more than six times higher than the 1999
rate of 4.1 per 100,000 people. Most of the deaths in 2010 were the
result of prescription drug abuse, the
The overdose death rate was 23.8 per 100,000 in New Mexico and
23.6 per 100,000 in Kentucky, according to the report released
Monday by the Trust for America's Health.
It also said that prescription drug overdose deaths in the U.S.
now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and that in
29 states, more people die from drug overdoses than from motor
vehicle crashes, according to the
Only 1 in 10 Americans with a drug problem receives treatment,
the report noted.
"The rapid rise of abuse requires nothing short of a full-scale response -- starting with prevention and education all the way through to expanding and modernizing treatment," Jeffrey Levi, the trust's executive director, said in a statement, the APreported.
"There are many promising signs that we can turn this around, but it requires urgent action," Levi added.
He said abuse of prescription painkillers alone is costing the
country about $53.4 billion in criminal justice and medical
expenses, as well as lost productivity, the
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