The Washington State Department of Health issued a press release today on its continuing investigation into the Salmonella Montevideo outbreak associated with salami manufactured by Daniele International. The salami has since been recalled and a list of retailers that may have received the implicated product can be found HERE.
Thus far, the infections of fifteen Washingtonians have been linked to the nationwide outbreak strain, with all of the cases curiously occurring on the West side of the Cascades. The sick individuals are located in the following counties: Clark (3 cases), King (3), Snohomish (3), Jefferson (1), Thurston (1), Pierce (1), and Whatcom (1) counties. By my count, that’s only thirteen people, so perhaps a revised press release will identify the counties of residence for the missing two.
Only one of Washington’s cases was hospitalized. All 15 were sick between July and December 2009 and have since recovered. Public health officials advise people not to eat the recalled products, and to follow the instructions issued by the manufacturer.