The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), Sarpy/Cass Health Department, and Three Rivers Public Health Department, is investigating a cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses caused by the bacteria Salmonella Typhimurium.  

As of December 27, 2022, 15 individuals reported consuming alfalfa sprouts between December 4–15, either at local restaurants or in their homes after purchase from local grocery stores.

According to press reports, Epidemiologist Justin Frederick with the Douglas County Health Department said Tuesday that investigators haven’t yet determined the specific source of the illnesses – other than to link them to alfalfa sprouts. “We’re working with both our state and federal partners right now, so everybody is working to identify the source of the outbreak itself,” Frederick said. 

Frederick said that so far, no cases in other states have been linked to this outbreak and no products have been recalled. But public health officials nationwide have been alerted about the cases in Nebraska, so they can be watching for any illnesses linked to alfalfa sprouts.

It appears that the FDA might be investigating the sprout outbreak along with another mystery Salmonella Typhimurium linked to 274 illnesses and 2 Listeria illnesses linked to Enoki Mushrooms.

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