Idaho: The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is investigating a Salmonella outbreak associated with the Boise Co-op deli – specifically food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015.
As of July 1, 2015, approximately 290 cases of Salmonella are associated with this outbreak. Preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending and the specific cause of the outbreak remains undetermined.
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals. There are many different kinds of Salmonella bacteria.
Salmonella serotype Typhimurium and Salmonella serotype Enteritidis are the most common in the United States.
North Carolina: According to the North Carolina Department of Health, 248 cases of diarrheal illness associated with Salmonella and eating food from Tarheel Q Restaurant have been identified.
Of these 248, case distribution includes 19 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina cases 72% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County.
Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint). Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.
Of these 248 cases:
55% are male
41% are between the ages of 20 and 49
20% have visited their provider
13% have visited the ED
6% have been hospitalized
1 death has been identified (Further details regarding the deceased are not available to protect patient confidentiality.)
79% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.