log in to manage your profile and account
- Create your account
- Receive up-to-date newsletters
- Set up text alerts
Published: Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 5:18 PM
Updated: Monday, January 25, 2016 @ 6:17 PM
Federal agencies are using a relatively new technology to track the recent listeria outbreak that was linked to Dole’s production facility in Springfield last week.
The CDC and FDA are using Pulsenet, a national laboratory network of public health and food regulatory agency labs, to track the outbreak, said to Kate Fowlie, a spokeswoman for the CDC.
The CDC used a technique called whole genome sequencing to link the outbreak to Springfield.
DNA fingerprints were pulled from samples of listeria from ill patients, Fowlie said. Public health labs across the U.S. upload the DNA fingerprints to Pulsenet, and the CDC can then review data to see if something unusual or unexpected is happening, indicating a possible outbreak, Fowlie said.
Whole genone sequencing shows the complete genetic makeup of an organism, said Lauren Kotwicki, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She likened it to a construction project. Instead of a building’s outline, the technique can show the building’s entire blueprint, Kotwicki said.
“Because the technology allows the FDA to identify the cause of an outbreak more quickly, the FDA is able to apply it in ways that have the potential to help reduce food-borne illnesses and deaths over the long term both in the U.S. and abroad,” Kotwicki said.
In this case, the listeria samples taken from sick patients were genetically similar, Fowlie said. The Ohio Department of Health later took samples of packaged salads produced in Springfield and found they shared many genetic traits with the samples from patients.
“Also, epidemiologic evidence showed of five people who were asked about eating packaged salad, all five had reported eating packaged salads in the month before their illness began, and two of two people who remembered the brand of packaged salad eaten said Dole brand,” Fowlie said. “This epidemiologic and lab information linked the illnesses to Dole brand packaged salads produced at the Dole processing facility in Springfield, Ohio.”
Dole voluntarily closed its Springfield facility Thursday, after one death and 12 illnesses in several states. The CDC has been investigating the cases since September last year, but they were not linked to the Springfield production site until this month.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:18 AM
LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia family is mourning the death of a 2-year-old boy after he was shot and killed by his 4-year-old brother.
Tyson Aponte was shot in the chest when his brother picked up what he thought was a toy. In reality it was a loaded gun, WTVR reported.
The children’s mother was home when the shooting happened Tuesday morning.
Tyson was taken to the University of Virginia Health System where he died, WCAV reported.
“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” Major Donald Lowe told WTVR. “At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”
Police are investigating.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:30 AM
YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — A man wanted following a fatal crash involving a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has been captured.
Authorities had been looking for 22-year-old Dakota Kape Whitt after Trooper Samuel N. Bullard, 24, of Wilkes County, died late Monday in a crash along Interstate 77 in Yadkin County during a chase.
The @NCSHP & @NCPublicSafety today mourns the loss of three-year veteran Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard Monday night following an on-duty patrol vehicle collision on I-77 in Yadkin County. https://t.co/73ntfmGVT6 pic.twitter.com/RPpaFg86TI— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) May 22, 2018
WGHP-TV reports that during the chase, one trooper noticed he did not see a second patrol car behind him. When his attempt at contacting the other trooper failed, he turned around and found the patrol car engulfed in flames.
“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.”
It happened around 11:30 p.m. on I-77 southbound near NC-67. The area is about 70 miles north of Charlotte and due west of Winston-Salem.
Chris Knox with the NCSHP said Bullard was a three-year veteran assigned to Surry County.
Troopers said the incident started with a license check. A black BMW did not stop and troopers went after it. Trooper Bullard was involved in a collision at Mile Marker 80.
Whitt was taken into custody without incident around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He's charged with murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license.
The @NCSHP seeks the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a black BMW passenger vehicle that traveled through a checkpoint and was involved in Monday night’s pursuit in Surry County https://t.co/4UVLO62J9W pic.twitter.com/pltzKVkHFW— NC Highway Patrol (@NCSHP) May 23, 2018
Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:56 PM
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A tip could have gone either way, but an Uber driver really lucked out.
Instead of just walking away with the cash, he bought more tickets.
At the end of six weeks of rolling over his winnings, he bought one with a huge payout --$140,000, KVDR reported.
He claimed his money this Thursday, but he’s not keeping it all for himself.
He’s giving his parents a large chunk, though it wasn’t specified just how much, for helping him with money a few times.
He’s also going to put some of the money back into his car to trick it out, as he plans to keep driving for Uber, KVDR reported.
And it wasn’t a chance meeting. The winner said the man who gave him the first ticket had been in his car before, but hasn’t been since the first lottery win.
Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM
IRON STATION, N.C. — A North Carolina man is OK after his small aircraft hit a tree and burst into flames Wednesday.
Timothy Kneiss’ Mosquito XE mini-helicopter was hovering above private property in a Lincoln County neighborhood when the tail rotor hit a tree, causing the aircraft to catch fire, federal investigators said.
Kneiss and his wife won $100,000 on a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket last fall, according to The Gaston Gazette.
Neighbors told WSOC that Kneiss just bought the helicopter a few weeks ago and struggled with it while practicing in his front yard, only getting it a few feet off the ground.
“I knew it was going to go down,” neighbor John Aubery said. “You don’t see somebody bouncing a helicopter around the yard and think, ‘Oh, this guy is going to make it.’ ... If I had a helicopter, I wouldn’t fly it into a tree, myself, but he chose to and I respect his rights for his property.”
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident.