Jun 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – South Carolina officials announced today that contaminated turkey is probably the main culprit in a restaurant-related outbreak of Salmonella infections that has sickened more than 300 people and caused one death.The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reports there have been 304 confirmed and suspected cases, including 56 hospital admissions and one death, among people who ate at the Old South restaurant in Camden, S.C., between May 19 and 22. The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., has called the episode the largest foodborne illness outbreak in recent state history.”Results of the epidemiological investigation, which included interviews of both ill and non-ill patrons, found turkey to be significantly associated with illness,” State Epidemiologist Jerry Gibson, MD, stated in a news release. “But smaller contributions of other food items cannot be ruled out, possibly due to cross-contamination during cooking or serving.”Gibson further said, “It is likely that turkey was the vehicle, with preparation and handling practices possibly contributing to illness.”State investigators found some equipment at the restaurant that was not working properly, which may have led to undercooking of food, the DHEC said. The statement said the investigation turned up “several factors that may have contributed to the large number of cases,” but it did not specify anything other than the faulty equipment.Officials said 20 specimens from people who fell ill after eating at the restaurant have tested positive for Salmonella enterica serotype enteritidis, one of the most common strains identified in foodborne outbreaks.The Kershaw County coroner has attributed one death in the outbreak to sepsis related to salmonellosis, the DHEC said. The State identified the victim as James Arledge, 58, of Lugoff, S.C.The restaurant has been cooperative with the DHEC during the investigation, and the owners are discussing training opportunities for the staff, Sandra Craig, director of the DHEC’s division of food protection, said in the news release.In a May 28 report in the State, DHEC spokesman Thom Berry was quoted as saying that South Carolina has fewer than 90 inspectors to cover 17,000 food-service businesses.The DHEC said it is continuing to search for sources of contamination in the outbreak.See also:South Carolina DHEC news releasehttp://www.scdhec.net/news/releases/2005/200505/Camden%20Updates/nr06CamdenUp0305.htm
Victoria double murderDouble murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier is once again on trial at the High Court on charges in relation to the murder of two brothers.Double murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” CollierCollier is before Justice Priya Beharry-Sewnarine and a mixed Demerara Assizes jury charged with the murder of brothers Ray Walcott and Carl Andrews, who were fatally shot on September 23, 2006, at Victoria Four Corner, East Coast Demerara. The trial commenced on Tuesday, and continues today.This is the third trial the accused is facing for the double murder after the previous trials ended with the jury being unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict.In his previous trials, Collier was called upon to lead his defence and he offered unsworn statements from the dock, claiming that he was “innocent of this crime”. The accused claimed that he was in Linden when the two brothers were killed.He reiterated his claims that he was kicked repeatedly to his scrotum, causing him to suffer from hydrocele, and forced to confess to the crime which he knew nothing about.Collier also faced another murder trial in 2014 and was found not guilty of the murder of Chandrapaul Persaud, 34, who was fatally shot in an armed robbery at Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara, on September 30, 2006.Persaud had just exited his vehicle at his residence when he was attacked. He was shot by one of three gunmen.In that trial, the Court heard that around 18:50h three men entered Persaud’s premises armed with guns and robbed his family of jewellery and money.One of the men then shot him dead. The wife of the deceased later identified the shooter as Collier.