Monday, July 9, 2012

Health Highlights: July 9, 2012

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Frozen Meatballs, Patties Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

Nearly 325,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat beef and chicken meatballs and patties are being recalled by New Jersey-based Buona Vita, Inc. due to possible listeria contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.

The packages of recalled products carry the establishment number "P-954" or "Est. 954" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed nationwide.

The problem was discovered through tests conducted by FSIS and the Ohio Department of Agriculture. To date, there have been no reports of illnesses associated with the products, according to FSIS.

For more information about the recall, consumers can go to the USDA/FSIS website.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Virus Detected in Cambodian Outbreak

The virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease has been detected in an outbreak that has killed at least 52 children in Cambodia, health officials say.

But they noted that the investigation is ongoing and other illnesses, including dengue, have also been associated with some of the cases, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The outbreak began in early April and was first reported as an unexplained illness involving respiratory and neurological symptoms. Laboratory samples are not available for most of the cases because many victims died before samples could be collected, according to the Cambodian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

But officials said that the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease was present in a "significant proportion" of the samples that were collected from patients, WSJ reported.

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common infectious illness in infants and children. It typically causes symptoms such as fever, painful mouth sores and a skin rash.

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