Laboratory analyses of turkey samples has identified salmonella enteritidis as the probable cause of the foodborne outbreak in Camden, South Carolina. 20 specimens collected from ill patrons also have tested positive for salmonella enteritidis.
To date, there have been 304 confirmed and suspected cases, with 56 hospital admissions for people reportedly exposed between May 19 and May 22. Additionally, the Kershaw County coroner has attributed one death from the outbreak to sepsis related to Salmonella infection.
DHEC’s investigation of the outbreak in Camden associated with the Old South restaurant identified several factors that may have contributed to the large number of cases. In addition, an inspection of the facility did identify some equipment that was not functioning properly, which may have led to undercooking of products.