Health Highlights: July 20, 2016

L.L. Bean Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Due to Presence of Lead Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Recalled by Bar-S Foods Norovirus Hits Republican Convention Delegation Staffers

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Updated on July 20, 2016

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

L.L. Bean Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Due to Presence of Lead

Concerns about lead contamination have led L.L. Bean to recall children's insulated water bottles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says.

The Chinese-made bottles were imported by GSI Outdoors and sold by L.L. Bean from July 2015 through May 2016. Routine testing showed that lead solder was used to seal the bottoms of some of the bottles, the Associated Press reported.

The 13.5-ounce bottles sold for about $20 and have five designs: sharks, flowers, butterflies, dinosaur bones and camouflage.

Consumers should stop using them and contact L.L. Bean to return them for a refund, the AP reported.


Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Recalled by Bar-S Foods

Possible listeria contamination has led to the recall of nearly 373,000 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products made by Bar-S Foods Company of Altus, Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says.

The five recalled products have the establishment number "EST. P-81A" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to stores nationwide. There have been no confirmed reports of illness associated with the products.

People with the products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. For more information, consumers can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

Listeria can cause cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.


Norovirus Hits Republican Convention Delegation Staffers

Norovirus has erupted among staff members of the California delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the highly contagious virus causes diarrhea and vomiting and can spread rapidly among people in closed places, such as nursing homes, schools and cruise ships, the Washington Post reported.

The virus has sickened about a dozen staff members of the California delegation who arrived in Cleveland early, according to California GOP chairman Jim Brulte.

So far, no California delegates or alternates have developed symptoms of norovirus infection, and delegation members will continue to attend the convention, he said.

The California delegation is staying at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, nearly 60 miles from Cleveland. Brulte said one staffer is believed to have arrived in Ohio with the virus, and the staffer's spouse was next to be infected. Twelve of the 36 California delegation staff members soon became sick, the Post reported.

The first signs of illness among the staffers appeared Thursday, and Ohio health officials were alerted. California GOP officials have advised delegates to wash their hands frequently, use sanitizers, avoid shaking hands, and not share food.

They have also been told to stay off delegation buses to the convention site if they have any symptoms of norovirus, the Post reported.

Norovirus can be caught through contact from infected people or surfaces, or by consuming contaminated food or water. Each year, norovirus sickens about 19 to 21 million people in the U.S., and kills 570 to 800 people, the CDC says.

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