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Today’s News: Salmonella at Mexican Restaurant and on Mangoes

On The Border:  Lynn Terry of the Oregonian reports this afternoon that the Salmonella outbreak traced to a Mexican restaurant in Vancouver, Washington has continued to grow.

Clark County Public Health officials have confirmed 13 cases of salmonella poisoning and 33 probable cases.  Three people were hospitalized after eating at On the Border, located at 1505 S.E. 164th Ave. Two of them have been released.

Both patrons and employees were infected. Lab tests so far have confirmed that at least two people were infected with Salmonella virchow, which is rare in the Northwest. In fact, there have never been any cases in Clark County. But the strain has infected people in Europe, including in London in 2000 in which a food handler passed the bacteria to sandwiches that infected patients.

Mango Outbreak:  A total of 127 individuals infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup were reported from 15 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: California (99), Delaware (1), Hawaii (4), Idaho (1), Illinois (2), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (8), and Wisconsin (1). This outbreak also includes 16 Salmonella Worthington infections from 3 states: California (12), New Mexico (1), and Washington (3).

Among persons for whom information was available, illness onset dates ranged from July 3, 2012 to September 1, 2012. Ill persons ranged in age from less than 1 year to 86 years, with a median age of 33 years. Fifty-six percent of ill persons were female. Among 101 persons with available information, 33 (33%) patients reported being hospitalized. No deaths were reported.