Multistate Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken increases to 128 cases

With four new cases of Salmonella Heidelberg reported from Alabama (1), California (2), and Oregon (1) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the total reported in the multistate outbreak now stands at 128 cases, according to a CDC outbreak update Mar. 5.

This total is up from 124 cases in the middle of February.

The outbreak has affected 13 states where nearly one third of the patients required hospitalization for their illness.  Most of the cases are in Washington (56) and Oregon (39).

Testing conducted by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from three ill persons’ homes in Washington.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) is currently conducting an investigation to determine the source of infections in this outbreak.

 No deaths have been reported.

Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak. Number cases by state Image/CDC

Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak. Number of cases by state
















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