Amanda Devlin of The Sun reports a bride and groom who thought they were suffering from wedding day jitters had actually been struck down by a gastric illness – as well as half of their guests.
Gemma Tepper, 32, her partner, Lee, 36, say their big day was ruined by the outbreak of Cryptosporidium – a respiratory and gastic illness – at their hotel on the Greek island of Zante.
Now 60 holidaymakers have hired international personal injury lawyers, Irwin Mitchell, to investigate the outbreak.
Gemma, a transport administration clerk, who was staying at the Marelen Hotel with her husband-to-be and their daughter Sylvie said: “When we both started suffering illness on our wedding day we just put it down to being nervous, but we quickly realised it was a lot more than that when the symptoms continued for the next few days.”
The symptoms persisted and both Gemma and Lee, from Pontefract, West Yorks., were forced to time off work when they returned home.
Tests confirmed Gemma was suffering from Cryptosporidium.
Press of Atlantic City reports the Cape May County and state health departments are investigating reports of an illness that affected dozens of people who attended a wedding at the Flanders Hotel last month.
Kevin Thomas, public health coordinator for the county, said Monday that 42 of 150 guests were confirmed to have fallen ill a day or two after the April 30 wedding.
“No one has ever gotten sick here before,” said Karen Bergman, catering director for the Flanders. “We’re very careful. We play by the rules. We take pride in what we do.”
Food poisoning and norovirus are the likeliest reasons for the outbreak, Thomas said, although it is possible no definitive cause will be identified.
“We find no fault with the Flanders,” said Lois Marcasciano, mother of the bride. “It was a flukey thing that people got sick. I would go back there again. I would have another wedding there.”
Public health officials are probing the cause of the outbreak among people who attended the reception at the Hilton Brisbane last Friday.
At least three of the reception guests were so ill with gastroenteritis they sought hospital treatment.
Metro North Public Health Unit physician James Smith said the wedding reception, attended by about 150 people, was catered for by both the Hilton and an external caterer.
Hotel staff contacted Queensland Health when they became aware guests had fallen ill after the reception. Dr Smith said public health officials were working with Hilton management and the Brisbane City Council to investigate the gastrointestinal illness.
Last night, Hilton Hotel Brisbane general manager Chris Partridge said the hotel had been “as co-operative and helpful as we possibly can” to find out the cause of the outbreak.
Mr Partridge said Queensland Health had inspected the hotel’s kitchens and had “left quite satisfied”.
After consuming the meal in the evening, they complained of vomiting, cramps and an upset stomach at around 10.30 pm on Saturday. Three women and four children have been admitted to Gumla district hospital while the others are under observation at Sisai block hospital.
Gumla civil surgeon Dr S N Jha said the victims fell ill after consuming rice and chicken at the wedding. “The local health centre received 15 cases initially. The cases doubled within an hour,” he said, the symptoms indicated a clear case of food poisoning. A team of medical experts were were sent to the village on Sunday morning to monitor the victims’ health . However, contaminated water could also be a reason why the villagers fell ill.
Bill Smith, director of the Robeson County Health Department in North Carolina writes that at a recent Hispanic wedding in Lumberton with no listing of attendees, it appeared that too much chicken was purchased in order to be refrigerated by the caterer. The chicken — not able to be refrigerated — was put into basins with ice. Our natural summer is counterproductive to maintaining ice, so we can assume that a safe temperature was not maintained.
All the participants that became ill had eaten chicken or pasta salad with some sort of dressing on it. A take-home message here is to only use permitted caterers as they have been inspected, thus ensuring proper equipment. If you want to be doubly safe, check to see if they are bonded. It will cost a little more than an un-permitted vendor, but it could save you the expense of a day at the emergency room.
Judith Dalton, Nurse II at the Rural Health Unit in Estancia town, said that the 105 victims attended a wedding reception in Gogo village last August 8. Dalton said the victims did not initially manifest any symptoms.
But around 1 a.m. of August 9, they experienced extreme stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Of the 105 victims, 75 were referred to the government hospital in neighboring Balasan town. Five were admitted while the remaining were outpatients.
Highway to Hell, one of the West’s most popular wedding songs, took on added meaning when at least 22 guests were stricken with Salmonella at a winery in Arizona.
Pinal County’s Public Health Services District say they’re investigating the outbreak that’s linked to a March 19 wedding at the Windmill Winery.
The district received a call from a participant of the wedding who reported that at least four attendees needed to be hospitalized.
County public health officials began an investigation into the winery’s food practices and found the operators had exceeded their legally allowable level of food preparation and used a non-permitted caterer.
In August 2012, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred among 88 persons attending a wedding reception at a resort/activity centre in Ylöjärvi, Finland. Of 39 interviewed guests, 23 met the case definition.
Two persons were hospitalized. Epidemiological, laboratory and environmental investigations were conducted to characterize the outbreak and to recommend control measures. Investigation confirmed the presence of a new strain of norovirus GII.4 Sydney variant in stool specimens obtained from two wedding guests and on several environmental surfaces in the centre. In the questionnaire study, none of the foods or beverages served during the reception were significantly associated with the illness. Additional cases of gastroenteritis that occurred at the centre before and after the wedding reception supported the hypothesis of environmental transmission of norovirus. After thorough cleansing and disinfection and 1 week’s quarantine, no new cases with symptoms typical for norovirus infection were identified at the centre.
Outbreak of gastroenteritis caused by norovirus GII.4 Sydney variant after a wedding reception at a resort/activity centre, Finland, August 2012
Epidemiology and Infection
A. POLKOWSKA, M. RÖNNQVIST, O. LEPISTÖ, M. ROIVAINEN, L. MAUNULA, S. HUUSKO, S. TOIKKANEN, and R. RIMHANEN-FINNE