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Sunday
Nov232014

NH DHHS - Four New Hampshire SalmonellaCases Identified

Part of Multistate Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts

Concord, NH – Four people in New Hampshire, so far, have been identified by

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of

Public Health Services (DPHS) as being linked to a multistate outbreak

involving bean sprouts consumption in restaurants. As of November 21, 2014,

a total of 63 people have been infected with Salmonella Enteriditis in 10

states. Traceback from all of the establishments indicated that all

received bean sprouts from Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York.



The firm is cooperating with public health and agriculture officials and

has reported that their last shipment of bean sprouts was on November 18,

2014. As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily

stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts while they take steps to

prevent Salmonella contamination. The other states reporting cases include

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania,

Rhode Island, and Vermont. Illness onset dates range from September 30th to

November 8th. So far 11 people have been hospitalized, none in New

Hampshire, and no deaths have been reported.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local

public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance to identify

additional ill persons and to interview them about foods they ate before

they became ill. This ongoing investigation is rapidly evolving, and CDC

and DPHS will update the public when additional information is available.



“The Division of Public Health Services will continue to investigate to

identify any other potential cases and has notified the New Hampshire

Grocers Association and the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging

Association so that the product is removed from consumption” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DPHS. “Sprouts are a known source of

foodborne illness, so if you are not sure of the origin of any sprouts, it

is best to throw them out rather than risk consuming a contaminated

product.”





The CDC is recommending that restaurants and other retailers do not sell or

serve sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time. Consumers are

encouraged to cook any sprouts and children, older adults, pregnant women,

and persons with weakened immune systems should always avoid eating raw

sprouts of any kind due to their increased risk of illness from Salmonella.





Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps usually 12 to 72

hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most

people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may

be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients,

the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood

stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the patient

is treated promptly with antibiotics.





The DHHS Division of Public Health Services continues to follow this

outbreak closely, including investigation of any reported cases in close

coordination with the CDC and the FDA, and will provide updates as they

become available. For further information visit the CDC website at

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis-11-14/index.html, or to report a

suspected case contact the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at

603-271-4496.

Wednesday
Nov192014

NH DHHS - Celebrates the Great American Smoke Out with NH Universities and Colleges

Concord, NH – In celebration of the 37th Great American Smoke Out (GASO),

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes the work of New Hampshire

colleges and universities committed to implementing tobacco-free policies

on their campuses. DHHS recognizes the importance of GASO on Thursday,

November 20, 2014. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society,

encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this

might challenge them to stop permanently.



DPHS released a competitive request for proposals for the purpose of

increasing the number of tobacco-free college campuses in New Hampshire.

The contract was awarded to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH)

and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Together, USNH

and CCSNH will work with students and faculty at 23 university and college

campuses across the State to promote and adopt tobacco-free policies that

also address electronic cigarette use indoors and outdoors. The project

will have a positive impact on staff and students and will enhance the

economic health of the system(s). Reducing tobacco on campuses could

prevent a new cohort of lifetime smokers.



Many New Hampshire college and university campuses will be holding events

and offering information about quitting tobacco and the NH Tobacco Helpline

resources (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for the Great American Smoke Out event on

November 20th. DHHS celebrates the collaboration’s current success and

enthusiasm.



“Across the U.S. and here in New Hampshire we have made great progress in

reducing smoking rates and therefore smoking-related illness and death,”

said Dr. José Montero, “but we still have a responsibility to our youth and

young adults to continue. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, but

quitting has immediate and long-lasting effects. If you use tobacco, it’s

not too late to quit, and the Great American Smoke Out is a great day to

begin.”



Currently, 16.2% of New Hampshire adults report smoking. According to the

2011 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Survey at the University of New Hampshire

Durham campus, 15.3% of students indicated that they smoke every day or

some days, and 18.2% of students indicated that they smoke cigarettes while

drinking alcohol. It is important that New Hampshire institutions of higher

learning help students and residents quit tobacco and provide them with

cessation resources. DPHS currently offers free counseling to all

residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or self-refer via the web to the NH

Tobacco Helpline’s website (www.TryToStopNH.org ). The Helpline provides

no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New

Hampshire residents.



For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health

Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov . For information about the Great American Smoke Out visit

www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index .

Tuesday
Nov182014

NH DHHS - Statehouse Event to Honor NH’s Adoptive Families

Celebrating New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

During National Adoption Month


Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services



(DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at



the State House in Concord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The event will



celebrate the 127 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2013 and



September 2014. Governor Maggie Hassan, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas



Toumpas, and DHHS’ Division for Children, Youth and Families Administrator



Eileen Mullen will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an



opportunity to hear from an adoptive parent.









EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New

Hampshire’s Adoptive Families





WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 PM





LOCATION: NH State House

Governor and Council

Chambers

107 North Main St –

Concord, NH

Saturday
Nov152014

NH DHHS - Health Department Holds Public Meeting on Travelers Returning from Ebola-Stricken Countries

Concord, NH – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has led to Americans

traveling to the affected countries to lend their assistance and expertise

to the victims of this devastating disease. New Hampshire is no exception,

with healthcare workers from the Kearsarge region traveling to Africa to

help out. In order to give the community a chance to ask questions about

the disease and the potential impacts of returning travelers, the New

Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be speaking

at a public meeting hosted by the Kearsarge Regional School System at

Kearsarge Regional High School.



Speakers for this event include:

DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero

State Epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan

Kearsarge Regional Superintendent Jerry Frew





DATE: Monday, November 17, 2014

6:00 pm



EVENT: Ebola Informational Session





LOCATION: Kearsarge Regional High School

457 North Road

North Sutton, NH 03260

Saturday
Nov152014

NH DHHS - Celebrating New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families

During National Adoption Month

Statehouse Event to Honor NH’s Adoptive Families


Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) will honor New Hampshire’s Adoptive Families during a celebration at

the State House in Concord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The event will

celebrate the 127 adoptions finalized in the State between October 2013 and

September 2014. Governor Maggie Hassan, DHHS Commissioner Nicholas

Toumpas, and DHHS’ Division for Children, Youth and Families Administrator

Eileen Mullen will be speaking at the celebration. This will also be an

opportunity to hear from an adoptive parent.









EVENT: DHHS Celebrates New

Hampshire’s Adoptive Families





WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

3 PM





LOCATION: NH State House

Governor and Council Chambers

107 North Main St – Concord, NH