Health Highlights: Aug. 14, 2019
Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Recalled as Health Threats Israeli Flight Attendant Dies of Measles
Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Texas Tripe Inc. Raw Pet Food Recalled as Health Threats
Certain lots of Texas Tripe Inc. raw pet food have been recalled because they may be contaminated with salmonella or listeria, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.
The company has recalled 35 lots of 23 product varieties sold frozen in 20-pound and 40-pound cases.
The recalled products pose a serious threat to pet and human health, and should be thrown away in a secure container where other animals, including wildlife, cannot access it, the FDA said.
The products were sold online and by phone directly to consumers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
People with symptoms of salmonella or listeria infection should consult a health care provider, and owners of pets with symptoms of salmonella or listeria infection should consult a veterinarian, the FDA advised.
If you've had these products in your home, you should clean fridges/freezers where they were stored and clean and disinfect all bowls, utensils, food prep surfaces, pet bedding, toys, floors, and any other surfaces that may have come into contact with the food or your pet.
Clean up your pet's feces in yards or parks where people or other animals could be exposed. Thoroughly wash your hands after handling the recalled pet food or cleaning up potentially contaminated items and surfaces.
Israeli Flight Attendant Dies of Measles
An Israeli flight attendant and mother of three who contracted measles earlier this year died on Tuesday.
Rotem Amitai, 43, worked for El Al and had traveled from New York to Tel Aviv a few days before developing a fever on March 31, but it's not known if she was infected with measles on a flight, in New York or in Israel, Israel's Ministry of Health said, CNN reported.
About a week after she developed a fever, Amitai fell into a coma. She was diagnosed with encephalitis (swelling of the brain), a complication of measles.
Like many people her age worldwide, Amitai was vaccinated against measles as a child but received only one dose of the vaccine, CNN reported.
As of Aug. 7, more than 360,000 people worldwide had contracted measles so far this year, according to the World Health Organization. In 2017, there were 110,000 measles deaths worldwide, mostly children under the age of 5, according to WHO.
Ongoing measles outbreaks in the United States and other countries are due to people who refuse to get vaccinated, according to the health experts, CNN reported.