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New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Minnesota reported 190 Sickened by Salmonella Kosher Broiled Chicken Livers in 2011

salmonellachickenlivers-label.jpgIn cases reported to CDC’s PulseNet from April 1 to November 17, 2011, a total of 190 illnesses occurred due to Salmonella Heidelberg with this PFGE pattern in states where the “kosher broiled chicken livers” were distributed. The number of ill persons identified in each state the product was distributed to is as follows: New York (109), New Jersey (62), Pennsylvania (10), Maryland (6), Ohio (2), and Minnesota (1). Rhode Island and Florida have not identified any cases linked to this outbreak during this period.

Among persons for whom information is available in in these states, ill persons ranged in age from <1 to 97 years with a median age of 14 years. Forty-nine percent were female. Among the 154 ill persons with available information, 30 (19%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.