MNA fighter’s wife Chael Sonnen’s daughter born premature, battling Listeria

I don’t care how tough you are, Listeria, with a 30 per cent kill rate, is some scary shit and not to be taken lightly.

001_Chael_Sonnen_gallery_post.0Chael Sonnen’s daughter was born 10 weeks premature last week, Sonnen informed MMA Fighting.

According to doctors, Sonnen’s wife, Brittany, contracted listeria, which caused the early birth. The illness has been passed along to their daughter, as well.

Sonnen is currently unsure how his wife contracted the disease. He has retained the law firm Flesher Schaff & Schroeder Inc. to investigate whether she consumed contaminated food, and they have already reached out to the CDC and FDA on behalf of the Sonnen family.

“She’s in a battle and we are prepared to fight,” Sonnen said.

Blauna Dian Sonnen was born Friday, Aug. 12, in Portland, Ore. The couple also has an older son, Thero.

Add food safety cards: Texas restaurant hands out rule cards instructing how kids should act

A restaurant is hoping to pre-empt unruly child behavior by giving parents with kids a rule card about proper table manners when they get seated.

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For the last few months, d, a Mexican restaurant located in the suburbs of Houston, Texas, has been handing out illustrated cards to families that come in to dine. The colourful card shows a happy family eating with text below that reads:

“Children at Cuchara don’t run or wander around the restaurant. They stay seated and ask their parents to take sthem to the rest room. They don’t scream, throw tantrums or touch the walls, murals, windows or other patrons. They are respectful!”

According to TV news service KHOU, the restaurant isn’t trying to discourage parents from bringing in their kids but they do want diners to be mindful of how their children behave.

The move comes after the restaurant suffered $1500 in damage six months ago, when a child scratched one of its walls featuring hand painted murals by Mexico City artist Cecilia Beaven.

So far, the restaurant says the reaction to the cards has been overwhelmingly positive.

Big jump in E. coli cases on Irish farms

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of cases of a type of E. coli infection that is most commonly found on farms, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned.

According to the FSAI, so far this year, almost 550 cases of farm-related verotoxigenic E.coli have been recorded, compared to 251 cases during the same period last year.

It is calling on all farmers to ensure that they have ‘robust hygiene practices in place’.

According to FSAI chief executive, Prof Alan Reilly, there are a number of well-recognized ways E. coli is spread on farms, such as via contaminated private water supplies and farm animals and their environments.

“Because their immune systems are still developing, babies and young children are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from this infection. It can be easily spread to others such as their siblings or other children in their crèche or at their childminder,” Prof Reilly explained.

He described it as ‘vitally important’ that special attention is paid to protect children on farms. This includes ensuring children wash their hands properly after being on the farm and not allowing them to drink unpasteurised milk.

“Children suffering from diarrhea or vomiting must also be kept away from their crèche or childminder until they are clear of symptoms for 48 hours,” Prof Reilly added.

Child dies in New Orleans E. coli outbreak; 2 others sick

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms that a New Orleans-area child diagnosed with E. coli has died. The agency is now trying to find the exact source of the toxic infections that also made two other people sick.

Touro family physician Dr. Meredith Maxwell says, "If you look at a hamburger and it’s really pink, you could be at increased risk for E. coli, so you need to make sure your hamburger meat is cooked through and through.”


After 12 brain surgeries, UK boy recovers from battle with E. coli

With two boys under four, I get pretty emotional when I read a story about a child getting sick from foodborne illness. This week Jack had a cold, and I felt helpless when he said "make me feel better." I can’t imagine what Thomas Miller’s parents felt like over the past two years as they saw him battling the effects of E. coli infection complications which included a septicemia and rare brain impacts. Thomas’  illness was linked to eating contaminated burgers and is being reported as the first time an individual in the UK has recovered from these complications.

The youngster, who was two-years-old at the time, fell ill just 24 hours after eating a beef burger on a family day out in Scotland in 2009.

His older brother James, then seven, suffered diarrhoeaand a day later Thomas started to pass blood.
‘We just didn’t know what was happening. It was frightening,’ said 37-year-old Mrs Miller, from Aspatria,Cumbria. ‘He went for an operation that day and had to have dialysis.
‘He was holding his head and screaming, he couldn’t move and was as stiff as a board.’

The E.coli had entered Thomas’ bloodstream but further scans revealed it was also attacking his brain.
Two golf ball-sized abscesses on his brain, which had caused him to go blind, were drained in August 2009 – allowing him to see again.

But his ordeal wasn’t over as he developed more abscesses on the brain and even suffered an allergic reaction to the medication, which ‘burned’ his skin. Finally last year, after having all the abscesses removed, he was given the all clear. ‘I’ll never forget the day he came out of intensive care,’ said Mrs Miller. ‘It’s only really this year that I’ve been able to relax.’

Children abandoned at Kentucky Chuck E. Cheese

People go crazy at them Chuck E. Cheese restaurants.

In 2007 an outbreak of foodborne illness, leading to 4 hospitalizations, was linked to an employee changing the diaper of a diarrhea-stricken toddler in the kitchen of a Maryland Chuck E. Cheese.

WPSD Local 6 reports that now, two women have pleaded guilty to leaving their kids alone at a Chuck E. Cheese in Paducah, Kentucky while they went shopping.

Marilyn Thomas and Kimberly Cali left a 3-year-old and a 9-year-old at Chuck E. Cheese for an hour and a half while they went shopping.

One of the children was Cali’s daughter. The other was her niece. Thomas was the children’s grandmother.

They spent four hours in jail for the crime, and owe $200 in fines and $210 each in court costs.

E. coli cases in Washington state prompt closure of two child care facilities

We’ve got the best babysitter for Sorenne. We had two, but one went to France. The other is an early childhood development student, incredibly outgoing, and entertains Sorenne from 8-12 a.m. weekday mornings.

There are lots of great day cares and child care centers out there. But they need to be the bug, to think about how dangerous microorganisms move around in the environment, involving care givers, kids, food and poop.

Over the past week, one confirmed and two suspected E. coli illness cases have been reported to the Kittitas County Public Health Department. The confirmed case, a 5-year old Ellensburg resident, does not attend a child care facility. This child was hospitalized and has since recovered. The two suspected cases, siblings, attend Creative Kids Learning Center and Little Tot Town child care facilities, both in Ellensburg.

During a public health investigation, staff discovered that there are multiple other children and staff members with symptoms of the illness. Since some people with E. coli will have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, and there is the potential for person-to-person spread of the illness, Kittitas County Health Officer Dr. Mark Larson is requiring a temporary closure of both facilities, effective immediately.

“We understand that the temporary closure of Creative Kids Learning Center and Little Tot Town will create a hardship for working parents. The decision was not made lightly. We believe that temporarily closing these facilities is the best option to protect the health of these children,” said Dr. Larson. An outbreak of E. coli in April 2010 associated with a child care facility in Clark County, Washington resulted in the hospitalization of four children, including one who died from the illness.

Children who attend Creative Kids Learning Center or Little Tot Town will not be able to attend any child care facility until they have two tests showing they are free of illness. These tests must be given at least 24 hours apart. Testing will be free for children who attend either of the affected child care facilities, and test kits can be picked up at the Kittitas Valley Community Hospital laboratory at any time.

State revokes license of day care where boy contracted fatal E. coli

The Washington-state home day care identified as the source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that led to three children being hospitalized and the death of 4-year-old Ronan Wilson earlier this year has had its license revoked by the state.

The Columbian reports that Dianne and Larry Fletch had operated the day care for more than 20 years; their license was suspended in April while the state proceeded with an investigation.

The Department of Early Learning sent Dianne Fletch a seven-page letter explaining its decision to revoke her license. The letter was dated May 21, but the state announced the revocation on Thursday after receiving confirmation from the Fletches that they had received the letter, which had been sent by registered mail.

Larry Fletch said he and his wife will appeal the decision.

Reno child gets Campylobacter from illegal bathtub cheese

Don’t eat cheese made in a bathtub.

The Washoe County Health District in Reno, Nevada, announced that a child became seriously ill from Campylobacter after eating homemade cheese that was illegally sold door-to-door.

Tracie Douglas, the health district’s spokeswoman, said she does not know when the child became ill or if the youngster had to be hospitalized. Also unavailable is the child’s age, gender or city of residence.

Because queso fresco is made with unpasteurized milk in unsanitary and unlicensed facilities, it poses a serious health threat to consumers, particularly the elderly, young, pregnant women, and people who have weakened immune systems.

Although it has not been determined if the cheese that made the child sick was made locally, it is being sold door-to-door in the Truckee Meadows throughout Hispanic communities, health officials said.

4-year-old UK boy needs new kidney after E. coli in Egypt

Four-year-old Bodie Elliot from Canterbury, U.K., (right, photo from Kent Online) was struck down with E.coli on a family holiday will now need a kidney transplant, his parents revealed today.

Kent Online reports that parents Vernon and Emma were left devastated after doctors told them.

The couple all had stomach upsets after eating at a hotel in the popular resort of Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt in September 2008.

When they returned home, Bodie quickly became increasingly ill and was taken to hospital.

Bodie nearly died after suffering kidney failure and to be put on dialysis and have a blood transfusion.

But he continues to need hospital care and is now being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A consultant there has just told the family Bodie’s kidneys are only functioning at around 50 per cent capacity.

Mr Elliot said the couple remained locked in legal dispute with the hotel over what they claim were poor food hygiene standards that led to themselves and Bodie falling ill after eating a beef lasagne from a buffet.

But in an email to the family, the hotel’s insurers deny any responsibility claiming no other guests reported feeling ill at the time.

It added that the business is regularly inspected for health and hygiene and its procedures found to be "acceptable and appropriate."

Mr Elliott said,

"I will continue to fight for compensation for my son but we also want to make people aware of what a deadly bug this is because we wouldn’t want another family and child to go through what we have."