Wendy’s Withdraws Romaine Lettuce Amid E. Coli Outbreak

The recall affects only some Wendy’s restaurants and happened after an E. coli outbreak hospitalized at least 10 people. Separately, a study shows airborne exposure to “red tide” algal blooms may have neurological effects. Also: H1N2v flu, deaths linked to raw oysters, and more.

Red tide could have neurological effects —

In other environmental health news —

H1N2v Flu Case Detected In Oregon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [on Friday] reported a variant H1N2 (H1N2v) case in a patient from Oregon who is younger than 18, according to its latest FluView update. Investigators did not find that the patient had any contact with swine or had attended agricultural fairs. No other respiratory illnesses were found in the individual’s household contacts. The patient was not hospitalized and has recovered from his or her illness. (8/19)

The Washington Post:
Raw Oysters Linked To Two Deaths — Here’s What You To Know About Safety 

A plate of freshly shucked oysters might be a treat for many bivalve fans — but they could be a health risk under the wrong conditions. This summer, two men in Florida died after consuming raw oysters from Louisiana, apparently placing them among the 100 people who die annually from vibriosis, which is caused by vibrio bacteria found in coastal waters where oysters grow (a figure that includes not just food-related illnesses but those who are infected when water enters a their bodies through a wound or cut), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Heil, 8/19)

NBC News:
Asthma Deaths Rose During The Pandemic. Climate Change May Make It Worse

Asthma deaths across the country rose by more than 17% from 3,524 in 2019 to 4,145 in 2020 — the first “statistically significant increase” in more than 20 years, according to federal data examined by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, a nonprofit patient organization that tracks hospital visits and asthma-related mortality rates; it plans to include its findings in an annual report this fall. (Ortiz, 8/20)

Bangor Daily News:
3 Coastal Schools With High Levels Of PFAS In Water Will Install Filter Systems

Three Hancock County schools that were found to have high levels of chemicals linked to serious illness in their water should have new filtration systems in place for early in the upcoming school year. Mount Desert Island High School, Brooklin Elementary School and Deer Isle-Stonington High School have some of Maine’s highest levels of PFAS — per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances — found so far in ongoing tests of Maine’s schools and other public water systems. (Genter, 8/22)

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