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Friday, December 02, 2005
  Hmmm, how inflammatory can I make this... Feces Fingered Illegals Poison LA Residents Via Third World Hygiene
Lettuce the Likely Culprit in New Hepatitis A Cases - Los Angeles Times: "Health officials on Thursday identified lettuce as the likely source for a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County and urged residents to thoroughly wash the vegetable before eating it.

At least 60 people have fallen ill from the virus in Los Angeles County over the last three months. Officials are concerned because the outbreak comes after years of declining hepatitis A cases, but they have been unable to link the outbreak to a particular farm or type of lettuce.

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There were at least two outbreaks: one in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in September that affected 13; the other at an event catered by a Hollywood company in October where 19 fell ill. The other cases were scattered.

Officials would not identify the specific locations of the outbreaks, saying there is no ongoing risk at those sites.

'We believe lettuce was the problem in these events,' said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director for Los Angeles County.

'This is a problem that deserves real attention, and people eating in a restaurant should ask if the produce is being cleaned carefully.'

Fielding added that consumers should wash even salads that are packaged and labeled as washed. Packaged lettuce has been linked to E. coli outbreaks, including a case this fall involving salads packaged by a division of Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. in Salinas, Calif. The salads sickened more than a dozen people in Minnesota. "
 
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