June 2008

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul, by state, as of 9pm EST June 29, 2008

Since April, 851 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 36 states and the District of Columbia. These were identified because clinical laboratories in all states send Salmonella strains from ill persons to their State public health laboratory for characterization. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arkansas (10 persons), Arizona (39), California (10), Colorado (11), Connecticut (4), Florida (1), Georgia (18), Idaho (3), Illinois (91), Indiana (11), Kansas (14), Kentucky (1), Maine (1), Maryland (29), Massachusetts (21), Michigan (6), Minnesota (2), Missouri (12), New Hampshire (3), Nevada (4), New Jersey (4), New Mexico (90), New York (26), North Carolina (5), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (19), Oregon (10), Pennsylvania (8), Rhode Island (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (346), Utah (2), Virginia (22), Vermont (2), Washington (4), Wisconsin (6), and the District of Columbia (1). The map above and the state-by-state breakdown was provided late today (6/30/08); and is complete through yesterday at 9 p.m.   Please note: a.) the increase in the total number of cases to 851; and b.) the latest date for when someone contracted Salmonella Saintpaul has advanced to June 20th, just ten days ago. 

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Through this saga, we’ve largely relied upon “official” sources of information. The states, especially New Mexico and Texas that were

The Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) added 49 individual cases to the Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak today, bringing the total to 756.   Everyone who has come down with the rare salmonella strain did so before June 13th.  The outbreak continues to involve 34 states and the District of Columbia.

Meanwhile the hunt for the

Sometimes we think about things in terms of what might make good fiction.  

Chapter 1 – A rare strain of Salmonella spread by an early harvest of tomatoes somewhere in Mexico or Florida makes thousands of people sick in the United States. Hundreds if not thousands of state and federal food safety and health officials

States with persons with the outbreak

strain of Salmonella Saintpaul,

by state of residence.

States with persons with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Saintpaul, by state of residence.

Since April, 707 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 34 states and the District of Columbia. These were identified because clinical laboratories in all states send Salmonella strains from ill persons to their

Since April, 613 persons infected with Salmonella Saintpaul with the same genetic fingerprint have been identified in 33 states and the District of Columbia. These were identified because clinical laboratories in all states send Salmonella strains from ill persons to their State public health laboratory for characterization.

The marked increase in reported ill persons since