About 18 months ago, I sat on a bench in Brisbane and my iPhone 7 fell out of my pocket.
Someone picked it up.
Two nights ago the Queensland police e-mailed me and said they found it.
We had traced the phone using findmyphone, but it was an apartment complex about 2 km away and couldn’t get a specific signal.
I had filed a police report with the serial number, but insurance wouldn’t cover it, so I figured it was just another technology tragedy (also why I use a computer from 2012 because I’ll just drop it, why I used an iPhone 5 for years, because I’d just drop it, why I have to concentrate when I walk, because I’ll just fall over).
And then, after 18 months, the phone shows up at the West End police station.
They wouldn’t or couldn’t tell me how they came into possession of it, my beautiful wife drove me to the police station, and daughter Sorenne now has a nice upgrade to her iPhone 5.
And since this is personally weird post, here’s a picture of when I was about 3 on Grandpa Homer’s tractor (the asparagus baron) that my mother sent along. She’s 77 and flying to Australia to be with me for a week.
Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) is a major cause of illness in the United States, with an estimated 179 million episodes annually. AGE outbreaks propagated through direct person-to-person contact, contaminated environmental surfaces, and unknown modes of transmission were not systematically captured at the national level before 2009 and thus were not well characterized.
Reporting Period: 2009–2013.
Description of System: The National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) is a voluntary national reporting system that supports reporting of all waterborne and foodborne disease outbreaks and all AGE outbreaks resulting from transmission by contact with contaminated environmental sources, infected persons or animals, or unknown modes. Local, state, and territorial public health agencies within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia (DC), five U.S. territories, and three Freely Associated States report outbreaks to CDC via NORS using a standard online data entry system.
Results: A total of 10,756 AGE outbreaks occurred during 2009–2013, for which the primary mode of transmission occurred through person-to-person contact, environmental contamination, and unknown modes of transmission. NORS received reports from public health agencies in 50 U.S. states, DC, and Puerto Rico. These outbreaks resulted in 356,532 reported illnesses, 5,394 hospitalizations, and 459 deaths. The median outbreak reporting rate for all sites in a given year increased from 2.7 outbreaks per million population in 2009 to 11.8 outbreaks in 2013. The etiology was unknown in 31% (N = 3,326) of outbreaks. Of the 7,430 outbreaks with a suspected or confirmed etiology reported, norovirus was the most common, reported in 6,223 (84%) of these outbreaks. Other reported suspected or confirmed etiologies included Shigella (n = 332) and Salmonella (n = 320). Outbreaks were more frequent during the winter, with 5,716 (53%) outbreaks occurring during December–February, and 70% of the 7,001 outbreaks with a reported setting of exposure occurred in long-term–care facilities (n = 4,894). In contrast, 59% (n = 143) of shigellosis outbreaks, 36% (n = 30) of salmonellosis outbreaks, and 32% (n = 84) of other or multiple etiology outbreaks were identified in child care facilities.
Interpretation: NORS is the first U.S. surveillance system that provides national data on AGE outbreaks spread through person-to-person contact, environmental contamination, and unknown modes of transmission. The increase in reporting rates during 2009–2013 indicates that reporting to NORS improved notably in the 5 years since its inception. Norovirus is the most commonly reported cause of these outbreaks and, on the basis of epidemiologic data, might account for a substantial proportion of outbreaks without a reported etiology. During 2009–2013, norovirus accounted for most deaths and health care visits in AGE outbreaks spread through person-to-person contact, environmental contamination, and unknown modes of transmission.
Public Health Action: Recommendations for prevention and control of AGE outbreaks transmitted through person-to-person contact, environmental contamination, and unknown modes of transmission depend primarily on appropriate hand hygiene, environmental disinfection, and isolation of ill persons. NORS surveillance data can help identify priority targets for the development of future control strategies, including hygiene interventions and vaccines, and help monitor the frequency and severity of AGE outbreaks in the United States. Ongoing study of these AGE outbreaks can provide a better understanding of certain pathogens and their modes of transmission. For example, certain reported outbreak etiologies (e.g., Salmonella) are considered primarily foodborne pathogens but can be transmitted through multiple routes. Similarly, further examination of outbreaks of unknown etiology could help identify barriers to making an etiologic determination, to analyze clinical and epidemiologic clues suggestive of a probable etiology, and to discover new and emerging etiologic agents. Outbreak reporting to NORS has improved substantially since its inception, and further outreach efforts and system improvements might facilitate additional increases in the number and completeness of reports to NORS.
Outbreaks of Acute Gastroenteritis Transmitted by Person-to-Person Contact, Environmental Contamination, and Unknown Modes of Transmission — United States, 2009–2013
Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMorbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; Surveillance Summaries; December 11, 2015 / 64(SS12);1-16
The inspections and surveillance activities will be carried out separately by both police and food safety department, according to sources.
“In the context of seizure of rotten meat, we will inspect meat shops in the city. Many of them have been operating secretly without valid licence,” said K Ajith Kumar, assistant commissioner, food safety, Ernakulam. However, he refused to divulge more details.
On Friday, police and health department had seized 600kg of rotten duck meat, which was meant for supply in Ernakulam and at Kalavoor in Alappuzha district. In an earlier incident, police had seized over 300kg rotten chicken meat from a stall in Kaloor market.
But food safety department officials expressed their inability to conduct frequent raids due to shortage of staff and vehicles. “It is not possible for us to carry out checking regularly. Coordinated efforts of various agencies are required to keep a check on it. Many a time we are kept in the dark when local bodies and police conduct raids,” said a food safety official.
City police are setting up a team of detectives dedicated to tackling food safety crimes, the annual session of the Shanghai People’s Congress has heard.
Under the control of the police bureau, the team will bring together law enforcement officers from government bodies and train new personnel, said Bai Shaokang, vice mayor and director of Shanghai Public Security Bureau.
“We need a zero-tolerance attitude to food safety criminals,” Bai told legislators.
He said this will drive improvements in food safety management and help build a unified food safety network.
A total of 416 suspects in food safety cases were detained in 137 cases in Shanghai last year — up 49 percent on 2012, said Yan Zuqiang, director of the Shanghai Food Safety Office.
Lawmakers also raised their concerns on temporary stalls selling food and clothes, which can impede access to Metro entrances.
Authorities have decided to remove illegal food stalls near stations, turning the areas into public squares and locating toilets there, officials said.
The city government has tackled more than 2,700 cases of illegal stalls and restaurants in the last two years, but they remain a major problem.
A policeman in Evesham, Pennsylvania who found body hair in his bagel sandwich last year has sued the deli where he bought it and the cook who admitted sabotaging it as payback for a previous run-in with the officer.
Jeremy Merck, 30, a six-year veteran of the department, alleged in the suit that Good Foods to Go was negligent for failing to keep its premises safe and for failing to properly examine the sandwich that Ryan J. Burke served him on Feb. 20, 2010.
Burke confessed to police on the day of the incident that he put hair from his chest and pubic area in Merck’s egg, turkey, and cheese sandwich in retaliation for a 2009 traffic arrest by the officer, according to records.
The New Jersey State Police lab found the hairs contained Burke’s DNA.
Mount Holly attorney Bruce Zamost, who represents Merck, said customers are protected by a state law that makes restaurants liable for serving contaminated food.
Mark R. Sander, an attorney for Good Foods, said Wednesday the eatery was not responsible for Burke’s action.
"Ryan Burke was a 27-year-old man who acted outside the scope of his employment," Sander said.
Burke was fired immediately after he was arrested and Merck and others in the Police Department continued to patronize Good Foods, Sander added.
In July, 2009, West Midlands Police were dispatched to control demonstrations between the English Defence League and anti-fascism groups in Birmingham, U.K. The coppers ordered more than 100 lunches from Morris’s Meal Machine cafe, in Nechells, Birmingham. Fourty-seven were sickened by contaminated chicken and tuna sandwiches. One officer said, “I thought my life was coming to an end.”
A couple of weeks later, Birmingham City Council’s environmental health department closed the café following checks into processes and procedures, which unvocered failures in “food handling, cross contamination, temperature control and general cleanliness.”
The Daily Mail reports the packed lunches were provided by former cafe owner Muriel Morris, 70, who admitted four charges of breaching food hygiene regulations at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday.
She was tagged and ordered to obey an overnight curfew after District Judge Robert Zara accepted she could not pay a large fine.
He also imposed a four-month suspended sentence on her.
She has since sold the business, the court heard.
The court was told some of the officers were left mentally scarred and even feared they would die because of the staphylococcus aureus infection.
Others passed out and required oxygen as they were taken to hospital by ambulance and another said he lost eight pounds in weight and suffered symptoms for a week.
Health officials in Berbice, Guyana (that’s on the northern coast of South America) told Stabroek News last night that approximately 100 people attending a police retreat were treated at the New Amsterdam Hospital shortly after lunch was served.
Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee, who was present at the event yesterday, told this newspaper last evening that the police were investigating the incident and several persons were questioned.
According to reports, sometime around 1 pm yesterday lunch, which consisted of fried rice and pot roast chicken, was served and shortly after, persons began to complain of abdominal pains while some began to vomit.
Persons at the New Amsterdam Hospital told Stabroek News that the hospital was filled with patients seeking treatment, many persons lay on the floors at the hospital crying out in pain. It was noted that residents in the area had already departed the venue for their homes when they began to experience pains about their bodies.
USA Today says the barf started brewing when the man’s friend was kicked out of the stadium after the police captain complained to security about their drunktard ways which included cursing and spitting at people. When the man’s friend was escorted out of the place, he retaliated by putting his fingers down his throat and barfing all over the captain and his daughter.
As Michael K over at dlisted wrote, it gets barfier. When police arrived to arrest the man, he spewed on another officer. In addition to attacking the officers with the insides of his stomach the man also punched a couple of cops.