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Thu
18
Dec '14

Damn Sprouts: Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis, by state of residence, as of December 16, 2014 (n=111)

Map of persons infected with the outbreak strains of Samonella Enteritidis, by state of residence, as of December 15, 2014 (n-111)

Sat
6
Dec '14

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Bean Sprouts

Case count map, December 4, 2014

Epi Curve, December 4, 2014

 

 

Wed
24
Sep '14

While the American food supply is among the safest in the world, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans is sickened by foodborne illness annually, resulting in about 3,000 deaths, according to the CDC. Salmonella is the leading cause of deaths and of hospitalizations related to foodborne illness, estimated to cause 380 deaths and 19,000 hospitalizations in the United States each year.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm415831.htm

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Sat
23
Aug '14

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Braenderup Infections Linked to Nut Butter Manufactured by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc.

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/braenderup-08-14/index.html

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup, by State as of August 20, 2014

Highlights

  • As of August 20, 2014, a total of four persons infected with the  outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup have been reported from four states  since January 1, 2014.
    • The number of        ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Connecticut (1),        Iowa (1), Tennessee (1), and Texas (1).
    • One ill person        has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Collaborative       investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and       regulatory agencies indicate that almond and peanut       butter manufactured       by nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. is the likely source       of this outbreak.
    • The U.S. Food        and Drug Administration (FDA) isolated the same strain of Salmonella Braenderup from environmental        samples collected from an nSpired Natural Foods facility during routine inspections        in January and July 2014.
  • On  August 19, 2014, nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalledExternal Web Site Icon certain lots of almond  and peanut butters because of potential contamination with Salmonella.
    • The  recalled brands include Arrowhead Mills, MaraNatha, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods,  Safeway, and Kroger.
    • A  complete listing of all of the recalled products is available on the FDA websiteExternal Web Site Icon.
  • CDC  recommends that consumers do not eat any of the recalled almond and peanut butter products  and discard any remaining product.
    • This  product has a long shelf life, and it may still be in people’s homes.

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Tue
12
Aug '14

As of August 5, 2014, a total of 300 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar have been reported from 42 states and Puerto Rico.

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-05-14/index.html

Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Hadar, Infantis, or Newport by state as of August 5, 2014

  • As of August  5, 2014, a total of 300 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar have been reported from  42 states and Puerto Rico.
    • 31% of  ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic,  laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry from Mt.  Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio.
    • 80% of  ill people reported contact with live poultry in the week before their illness  began.
  • Findings  of multiple traceback investigations of live baby poultry from homes of ill  persons have identified Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio as the source of chicks  and ducklings. This is the same mail-order hatchery that has been associated  with multiple outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in past years, including in 2012 and 2013.
  • CDC’s National  Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory conducted antibiotic resistance  testing on Salmonella isolates collected from 11 ill persons infected  with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis or Newport. Of the 11 isolates tested:
    • Two (18%) were drug resistant  (defined as resistance to one or more antibiotics).
    • Nine (82%) were pansusceptible  (susceptible to all antibiotics tested).
  • Mail-order  hatcheries, agricultural feed stores, and others that sell or display chicks,  ducklings, and other live poultry should provide health-related information to owners and potential purchasers of  these birds prior to selling them. This should include information about the  risk of acquiring a Salmonella infection from contact with live poultry.
  • Consumers who own live poultry should take steps to  protect themselves:
    • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water  right after touching live poultry or anything in the area where these birds  live and roam.
    • Do not let live poultry inside  the house.
    • Learn about additional recommendations to protect yourself and your  family from Salmonella infections. These recommendations are important and apply  to all live poultry, regardless of the age of the birds or where they were  purchased.

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Tue
8
Jul '14

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Foster Farms Brand Chicken

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/heidelberg-10-13/index.html

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, by State as of July 2, 2014

  • This outbreak investigation is ongoing; however, since an increase in illnesses noted in February and March, there has been a decline in the weekly number of illnesses occurring. The number of illnesses is now approaching the expected number for this time of year.
  • As of July 2, 2014, a total of 621 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 29 states and Puerto Rico, since March 1, 2013.
    • 36% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
    • Most ill persons (77%) have been reported from California.
  • Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections.
  • On July 3, 2014, Foster Farms recalledExternal Web Site Icon an undetermined amount of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.
    • The recall resulted from USDA-FSIS identifying one of the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg in an intact sample of Foster Farms brand chicken with labeling information collected from the home of a person infected with the same strain in California.
    • Although the recalled chicken had production dates of March 7 through March 13, 2014, USDA-FSIS and CDC are concerned that the recalled chicken could still be in people’s freezers.
    • Consumers should check their freezers for the recalled chicken and should not eat it.
  • The outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. Although these antibiotics are not typically used to treat Salmonella bloodstream infections or other severe Salmonella infections, antibiotic resistance can be associated with increased risk of hospitalization in infected individuals.
  • It is not unusual for raw poultry from any producer to have Salmonella bacteria. CDC and USDA-FSIS recommend all consumers follow food safety tipsExternal Web Site Icon to prevent Salmonella infection from any raw poultry produced by Foster Farms or any other brand.

 

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Sat
28
Jun '14

As of June 25, 2014, a total of 251 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar have been reported from 37 states.

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/live-poultry-05-14/index.html

 

**  32% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have  been reported.

**  Epidemiologic,  laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this outbreak of human Salmonella infections to contact with chicks, ducklings, and other live poultry from Mt.  Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio.

Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis or Newport, by state as of June 25, 2014

 

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Sun
15
Jun '14

CDC is warning the public about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing chia powder

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/a0613-chia-products.html

CDC Investigates Ongoing Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Chia Products

What

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning the public  about an ongoing outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to products containing  chia powder. Chia powder is made  from small chia seeds that are sprouted and ground into powder. It is often added to health foods  like smoothies for its nutritional value. It is sold at many different stores,  including specialty health food stores, and online.

Multiple  recalls of different brands of products containing chia powder and chia seeds  have been issued by companies in the U.S. and Canada.

Where

As of  June 9, 2014, 21 illnesses have been reported in 12 U.S. states. Canada has  reported similar cases of Salmonella in several provinces. Two patients have been hospitalized.

Why

The recalled chia products linked to illness have  a long shelf-life so may still be in people’s pantries without them knowing it.

Consumers  should check to see if they have the recalled products in their homes. CDC  urges people who have purchased any of the recalled products to not eat them,  and either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. Links and  images for the recalled products are available on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-05-14/advice-consumers.html.

Salmonella  causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.  Most people recover within four to seven days without treatment. Children  younger than five, older adults and people with weakened immune systems are more  likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.

Please contact the CDC Media Office,  if you have questions or would like to request an interview.

For up-to-date information about  the outbreak, visit http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-05-14/index.html.

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Sat
14
Jun '14

Human Salmonella Cotham and Salmonella Kisarawe Infections Linked to Contact with Pet Bearded Dragons

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/cotham-04-14/index.html

A bearded dragon, a type of lizard.

Highlights

  • Read the Advice to Pet Owners »
  • As of June 6, 2014, a total of 150 persons infected with the outbreak  strains of Salmonella Cotham (145 persons) or Salmonella Kisarawe (5 persons) have been reported from 35 states  since February 21, 2012.
    • 57% of  ill persons are children 5 years of age or younger.
    • 43% of  ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • A second rarely reported serotype, Salmonella Kisarawe, was added to this outbreak investigation after a sample from a bearded dragon collected from an ill person’s home yielded both Salmonella Kisarawe and Salmonella Cotham.
  • Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings have linked this  outbreak of Salmonella infections to contact with pet bearded dragons purchased  from multiple stores in different states.
    • Bearded  dragons are popular pet lizards that come in a variety of colors.
  • To date, CDC’S NARMS laboratory has conducted antibiotic  resistance testing on Salmonella Cotham isolates collected from 12 ill persons infected with the outbreak strain.
    • Of the  12 isolates collected from ill persons, one (8%) was resistant to ceftriaxone,  an antibiotic used to treat serious Salmonella infections.
    • The other 11 (92%) of the 12 isolates collected from ill persons were  pansusceptible (susceptible to all antibiotics tested).
  • It is very important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after touching reptiles or anything in the  area where they live and roam.
    • Simple tips on how to  enjoy your pet reptile and protect yourself and your family from illness is  available in English and en Español.

 

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Cothamj or Salmonella Kisarawe, by State as of April 21, 2014

 

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Fri
13
Jun '14

Salmonella Infections Linked to Organic Sprouted Chia Powder

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/newport-05-14/index.html

Highlights

  • Read the Advice to Consumers»
  • As  of June 9, 2014, a total of 21 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Newport (13 persons), Salmonella Hartford (6 persons), or Salmonella Oranienburg (2 persons) have been reported from 12 states.
    • Two ill persons        have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Two  ill persons infected with a strain of Salmonella Oranienburg have been identified in two U.S. states.
    • Through product        testing and interviews with ill people, these illnesses have been combined        with the Salmonella Newport and Salmonella Hartford infections        previously identified as part of this investigation.
  • Collaborative       investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and       regulatory agencies indicate that organic sprouted chia powder is the       likely source of this outbreak.
    • Chia powder is made from ground dried chia        seeds.
  • On June 4, 2014, Health Matters America, Inc., recalledExternal Web Site Icon products  that contain sprouted chia seed powder and sprouted chia/flax seed powder due  to possible Salmonella contamination.
  • On  June 6, 2014, Navitas Naturals expandedExternal Web Site Icon their existing recall  to include additional expiration dates of products containing organic sprouted  chia powder.
  • The Public Health Agency of  CanadaExternal Web Site Icon continues to investigate similar cases of Salmonella infection in several Canadian provinces.
    • Several  Canadian companies have recalledExternal Web Site Icon products containing  sprouted chia powder or chia seeds.
  • CDC  recommends that consumers do not eat any of the recalled products products containing chia.
    • These  products have a long shelf-life and may still be in people’s homes.
    • The  recalled products were available for purchase in many retail stores nationwide and  online.

 

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport, Hartford, and Oranienburg by state, by state as of June 9, 2014

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