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Salmonella Case in Wisconsin

Salmonella has been confirmed in one person in Wisconsin likely associated with recalled Garden of Life RAW Meal, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). The product, an organic shake and meal replacement, was recalled earlier this year by the company, but consumers have acquired recalled product from internet retailers such as eBay and Amazon.

Consumers should not consume this product if it is from the lot codes listed in the previous recall announcements found on the FDA Recall website. Contaminated product may still be for sale from eBay, Amazon and other internet retailers. Based on available information, consumers should dispose of the product or follow the instructions given in the original recall notices found on the FDA website.

DATCP is collaborating with Wisconsin Department of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the latest illness, including tracing the source of the contaminated product.

Salmonella is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with the Salmonella bacteria.  It is particularly dangerous to children younger than 5 years, adults over the age of 65, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons with Salmonella often experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Anyone who believes they may have become ill with Salmonella should contact their health care provider immediately.

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Traces of Salmonella Found in Kewaunee Wells

As part of a DNR-funded study, test results reported late Monday afternoon show the presence of salmonella and/or rotavirus in 11 private Kewaunee County wells.

 

Property owners have been notified of the findings, which are typically associated with fecal contamination. No illnesses have been reported in connection with these findings.

 

The 11 property owners are being advised to stop using the water for drinking or bathing and have their wells chlorinated by a licensed professional. Property owners within a half mile radius of the affected wells are being advised by Kewaunee County to have their wells tested.

 

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will cover the cost of the test within a half mile radius. The research team will conduct further analysis of the 11 wells.

 

Early indications from the researchers suggest the rotavirus may be bovine. However additional analysis is needed to confirm. According to DHS, bovine rotavirus is typically not transmissible to humans. Salmonella is a bacterial illness with symptoms that range in severity.

 

The 11 property owners with affected wells are part of a larger study commissioned by DNR in conjunction with researchers from USDA, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, Kewaunee County and USGS to provide more data on possible causes and solutions to groundwater challenges in the region.

 

To learn more about resources for private well owners, visit DNR.wi.gov and search “private well testing.” Information on Kewaunee County as well as the water quality from municipal systems throughout the state can be found on DNR’s water quality page (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/drinkingwater/quality.html).

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