LINCOLN, NE - Nebraska and federal health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that includes Nebraska, Indiana and Wisconsin has been traced to blackberries sold in Fresh Thyme grocery stores.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says in a news release Wednesday that the outbreak began several week ago in Nebraska. The department says it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating and have confirmed 11 cases. Six of those cases are in Nebraska.
A phone message left Wednesday with Illinois-based Fresh Thyme was not immediately returned.
The FDA is urging consumers in Nebraska, Indiana, Wisconsin and eight other states not to eat any fresh blackberries bought from Fresh Thyme between Sept. 9 and Sept. 30. The other states are Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Hepatitis A is a virus that infects the liver and can cause mild, flu-like symptoms for several weeks.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds those celebrating the Fourth of July that fireworks are prohibited on all DNR lands. Prohibited areas include state parks and forests as well as state-owned public hunting and fishing properties.
MERRILL - Merrill Paramedics are getting an upgrade to EMT's skill set with Rapid Sequential Intubation.
The procedure requires two paramedics to complete and begins with administering a sedative and paralytic medication.
From their paramedics are able to properly insert a breathing tube and begin ventilation.
Merrill paramedics predict RSI will do more than support critical conditioned patients with oxygen flow, it could save their life.
The difference with the Merrill Rapid Sequential Intubation system is we have the ability to actually sedate and paralyze the patient that is conscious so we can take over control of their breathing and their airway for them and provide them the oxygen and ventilation that they need to support life," Merrill Firefighter and Paramedic, Chris Clabots said.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to purge thousands of voters from the rolls until at least September, raising questions about whether the justices will rule before the Nov. 3 presidential election.
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