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Salmonella, Salmonella seems everywhere lately

Sprouts – A total of 35 individuals infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 11 states since March 1, 2010. The number of ill people identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AZ (2), CA (17), CO (1), ID (5), IL (1), MO (1), NM (1), NV (2), OR (2), PA (1), and WI (2). Among those for whom information is available about when symptoms started, illnesses began between March 1, 2010 and May 16, 2010. Case-patients range in age from <1 to 75 years old, and the median age is 36 years. Sixty-six percent of patients are female. Among the 30 patients with available hospitalization information, 7 (23%) were hospitalized.

Subway – The Illinois Department of Public Health and local health departments throughout the state are investigating the cause of Salmonella illnesses among customers who ate at certain Subway restaurants in Illinois. To date, 34 cases of Salmonella have been confirmed with this outbreak and all are recovering, of which 14 had been hospitalized. Salmonella cases identified in this outbreak reported eating at Subway locations in 14 counties, including Sangamon, Schuyler, Christian, Bureau, LaSalle, Cass, Champaign, Peoria, Shelby, Warren, Macon, Ogle, Fulton and Tazewell. At this point in the investigation, no cases have reported eating at Subway restaurants in either northeastern or southernmost portions of Illinois. Illnesses are reported to have started between May 14 and May 25 and cases range in age from six-years to 88-years-old.

Margarita – At least 15 Salmonella illnesses among residents or visitors to Chico, California have been linked to the Margarita Mix-Off event held at Manzanita Place on May 8. Health authorities have been unable, thus far, to pinpoint the precise source of the bacteria; food at the mix-off event was served by at least six separate local restaurants.

Casa Lopez – At least 41 people have come down with salmonella poisoning after eating at an Athens restaurant that’s being investigated by the Athens City-County Health Department. The restaurant is Casa Lopez on East State Street. Health officials are waiting on test results from 15 other cases.

Los Dos Amigos – At least 30 people became ill with Salmonellosis–the illness caused by the ingestion of Salmonella bacteria–after eating food purchased from Los Dos Amigos Mexican restaurant between April 9 and April 17, 2010. Douglas County Public Health Department investigators believe the Salmonella outbreak was caused by cross-contamination, but the final outbreak report has not yet been released.

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