In the Sunland and Trader Joes Salmonella peanut butter outbreak, a total of 38 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bredeney have been reported from 20 states. Three new cases have been reported from two states since the last update on October 5, 2012: California (2) and New Mexico (1). Multiple lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims in North Carolina and Massachussetts by the Salmonella lawyers at Marler Clark.
Among persons for whom information is available, illness onset dates range from June 14, 2012 to September 21, 2012. Ill persons range in age from less than 1 year to 79 years, with a median age of 7 years. Sixty-six percent of ill persons are children under the age of 10 years. Sixty-two percent of ill persons are male. Among 35 persons with available information, 10 (29%) patients reported being hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Peanut butter junkies, or anybody interested in the recent history of this product, may also want to pay attention to what is happening as a result of the 2009 PCA Peanut Salmonella outbreak.