The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta today updated its count of confirmed cases of Salmonella illnesses from peanut butter and peanut-related products. The new number as of March 1 is 677, up 11, with no change in the geography that involves 45 states and Canada. CDC’s next scheduled update is March 10th.
The most recent reported illness beginning on February 8, 2009
CDC says the outbreak is continuing, though the numbers of new cases have declined modestly since December. Many recently ill persons report eating peanut butter and other recalled peanut-containing products.
CDC and the federal Food and Drug Administration remain concerned that illness will continue to occur if people eat recalled peanut-containing products that are still on their shelves at home.
The largest recall of peanut products in U.S. history is underway and the list approaching 3,000 separate products that consumers should be either tossing or returning to retailers. The list can be found here. Nine deaths are blamed on the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak.
As of 9PM EDT, Sunday, March 1, 2009, 677 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from 45 states. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (2), Arizona (13), Arkansas (6), California (76), Colorado (17), Connecticut (11), Florida (1), Georgia (6), Hawaii (6), Idaho (17), Illinois (10), Indiana (10), Iowa (3), Kansas (2), Kentucky (3), Maine (5), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (48), Michigan (38), Minnesota (42), Missouri (15), Mississippi (7), Montana (2), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (13), New Jersey (23), New York (31), Nevada (6), North Carolina (6), North Dakota (17), Ohio (99), Oklahoma (4), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (19), Rhode Island (5), South Dakota (4), Tennessee (14), Texas (10), Utah (6), Vermont (4), Virginia (21), Washington (22), West Virginia (2), Wisconsin (5), and Wyoming (2). Additionally, one ill person was reported from Canada.