Health Highlights: March 18, 2015

By on March 18, 2015

Health Highlights: March 18, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinners Recalled

About 242,000 cases of original flavor Macaroni & Cheese dinners are being recalled because some boxes may contain small metal pieces, Kraft Foods says.

The company said the recalled products include 7.25-ounce boxes, 3-pack boxes, and 4-pack and 5-pack wrapped boxes of 7.25-ounce servings, and have “Best if used by” dates of Sept. 18 through Oct. 11, 2015, with the code “C2” directly below the date on each box, Fox News reported.

No injuries associated with the recalled products have been reported, according to Kraft Foods.

The company said consumers with the products should return them to the place of purchase or contact Kraft at 1-800-816-9432 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time for a full refund, Fox reported.


15 Americans Exposed to Ebola Returning to U.S.

The number of Americans who were exposed to Ebola in West Africa have been brought back to the United States has risen to 15, federal health officials say.

The 15 workers with Partners for Health were exposed to the deadly virus by a another infected member of their organization. Partners for Health is a nonprofit group assisting in the fight against Ebola, NBC News reported.

The sick Partners for Health worker — the only one in the group to test positive for Ebola — had already returned to the U.S. and is in critical condition at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington D.C. The patient is the 11th person to be treated for Ebola in the U.S.

Officials are trying to determine how so many Partners for Health workers were exposed to the virus.

“We’re still investigating and hopefully we’ll have an answer to that question,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman Tom Skinner, NBC News reported. “The circumstances around all these exposures is what we are looking at right now.”

More than 24,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have been infected with Ebola and more than 10,000 have died.


Trader Joe’s Recalls Raw Walnut Products

The supermarket chain Trader Joe’s is recalling certain types of raw walnut products due to possible salmonella contamination.

The products include 16-oz. raw California walnut pieces, 16-oz. raw California walnut halves and pieces, 16-oz. raw California walnut baking pieces, 16-oz. California premium walnut halves, and 12-oz. organic raw walnut halves and pieces.

The products have been removed from store shelves while the source of the problem is identified, the company said. It added that it has not received any reports of illness related to the recalled walnut products.

For more information, consumers can call Trader Joe’s at (626) 599-3817, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or go to the company’s website

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