Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

What is Salmonella?

It has long been said that, in 1885, pioneering American veterinary scientist, Daniel E. Salmon, discovered the first strain of Salmonella. Actually, though, Theobald Smith, research assistant to Dr. Salmon, discovered the first strain of SalmonellaSalmonella Choleraesuis. But being in charge, Dr. Salmon received all of the credit. Today,

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in multiple states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora cayetanensis infections.

As of September 11, 2018, CDC was notified of 511 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infections in people from 15 states and New York City who reported consuming a variety of

On May 22 the California Department of Public Health identified a cluster of Salmonella Thompson cases by PFGE. In the past, the PFGE pattern associated with this outbreak was only seen 5 times between 2012 and 2017 in the area. The PFGE pattern was most commonly associated with chicken in the past. Since the first

Avoid ground beef until the source of the E. coli contamination in known.  Do not eat the cut fruit that has been recalled because of Salmonella.

General Advice During an E. coli and Salmonella Outbreak

  • Be especially careful during “unsolved” outbreaks. Until health officials have the facts, do not assume anything about the source of

I spent Wednesday through Friday in Des Moines finishing up the last of the Fareway/Triple T Salmonella outbreak that sickened nearly 300 that occurred in 2018.  Heading home last night, my phone and email caught fire with chatter of two new outbreaks – one E. coli linked to ground beef produced by as yet unknown

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 96 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to 2 weeks after exposure. Infections usually clear in five to seven days, but about 28 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. More serious invasive infections occasionally occur. Many Salmonella