KELA News Headlines for Friday, December 19, 2014
Lewis County Health and Social Services warn about donated Caramel Apples
The Lewis County Public Health & Social Services issued a press release on Saturday stating the Department just learned that nine packages of caramel apples with sprinkles donated to the Twin Cities Senior Center were taken home by participants. Due to the recent health warnings surrounding prepackaged caramel apples linked to the bacterial illness listeria, those who took home the donated caramel apples are encouraged to throw them away. The CDC has yet to determine which brands of caramel apples are involved or how they may have become infected. At this time health officials warn consumers to avoid all prepackaged caramel apples. The timing of the packages being donated to the Twin Cities Senior Center occurred just before the Lewis County Public Health Dept. became aware of the warning and just prior to local grocery stores pulling the apples off their shelves. As of last report there are no current illnesses caused by prepackaged caramel apples in Lewis County.
Five car crash on I-5 in Centralia backs up traffic
A crash involving five vehicles injured three people and caused an 8 mile traffic backup on northbound Interstate 5 early Friday afternoon and the surface streets of Centralia and Chehalis rapidly became clogged. The crash closed the northbound lanes and one southbound lane of Interstate 5 just north of the Skookumchuck River Bridge near the Harrison Avenue exit. According to the Washington State Patrol, a 2001 Isuzu box truck rear-ended a 2003 Dodge Neon. The impact sent the Neon crashing into the back of a 97 Ford pickup, which in turn crashed into a 2004 Ford Crown Victoria. The 5th vehicle, a 98 Jeep Wrangler was following too closely and hit the Dodge Neon and Ford pickup. The driver of the Isuzu Box Truck was cited for negligent driving and the driver of the 5th vehicle was cited for following too closely. Three of the people involved were injured and transported to Providence Centralia Hospital.
Lewis County Health Department advises on the flu vaccine
You may be hearing reports that the flu shots for the current flu season are not as effective as medical professionals had hoped. John Abplanalp with the Lewis County Health Department says each year the flu shots contain vaccines for the three or four strains of the flu that doctors have predicted would be the most common. He says "What's happened this year is that one of the strains in the vaccine has started to change. And so the shot is only going to protect you about half of the time for that particular strain". It is still recommended that you get a flu shot to help protect yourself against the flu. Abplanalp says the health department is starting to see an increase in the number of flu cases being reported in Lewis County.