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Salmonella and Chicken Connection

Since June 4, 2012, a total of 128 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 13 states.

  • 31% of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Most of the ill persons have been reported from two states, Oregon (39) and Washington (56).

Oregon and Washington have identified Foster Farms brand chicken as the most likely source of the infections in their states.  Testing conducted by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from three ill persons’ homes in Washington.