As of December 15, 2014, a total of 111 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 12 states. Since the last update on December 4, 2014, 24 additional ill persons have been reported from Connecticut (1), Maine (1), Maryland (5), New Hampshire (2), New York (7), Pennsylvania (7), and Rhode Island (1).
Illness onset dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 22, 2014. Ill persons range in age from younger than 1 year to 83 years, with a median age of 34 years. Sixty-four percent of ill persons are female. Among 74 persons with available information, 19 (26%) have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicate that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are the likely source of this outbreak.
In interviews, 48 (66%) of 73 ill persons reported eating bean sprouts or menu items containing bean sprouts in the week before becoming ill.
Wonton Foods, Inc. continues to cooperate with state and federal public health and agriculture officials.
On November 21, 2014, Wonton Foods Inc. agreed to destroy any remaining products while they conducted a thorough cleaning and sanitation and implemented other Salmonella control measures.
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