Winter 2010 is shaping up to be a rough one for West Coast residents, who are often insulated from the weather woes of the rest of the country. Southern California has been hammered by constant rain causing mudslides, evacuations, and any number of other weather-induced perils. Meanwhile, Salmonella bacteria have been finding their way into the homes of many California residents for months now. The vehicle, of course, is salami produced by Daniele, Inc., a Rhode Island company, and at least 30 California residents (and that’s only the confirmed cases) have been sickened. Washington residents have not fared much better. At least 14 people from the State have been sickened in the outbreak.
Here is the CDC’s map showing the distribution of recognized cases nationally:
As of 9:00 pm EST on January 24, 2010, a total of 187 individuals infected with a matching strain of Salmonella Montevideo have been reported from 39 states since July 1, 2009. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AL (2), AZ (5), CA (30), CO (3), CT (4), DE (2), FL (2), GA (3), IA (1), IL (11), IN (3), KS (3), LA (1), MA (12), MD (1), ME (1), MI (1), MN (4), MO (1), NC (9), ND (1), NE (1), NH (1), NJ (7), NY (15), OH (9), OK (1), OR (8), PA (3), RI (2), SC (1), SD (3), TN (4), TX (7), UT (7), VA (1), WA (14), WV (1), and WY (2).