Multistate (USA) - Update: Salmonella infections linked to ground beef, >300 cases

December 12, 2018
Centers for Disease Control (US)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc.

Since the last update on November 15, 2018, 87 more ill people have been added to this investigation.

As of December 12, 2018, 333 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 28 states as shown in the map below by CDC.

A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to November 9, 2018. Ill people range in age from less than one year to 99, with a median age of 40. Fifty-two percent are male. Of 274 people with information available, 91 (33%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. Please see the Timeline for Reporting Cases of Salmonella Infection for more details.

State and local health departments continue to ask ill people questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Of 227 people interviewed, 200 (88%) reported eating ground beef at home. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey [PDF – 787 KB] of healthy people in which 40% of respondents reported eating any ground beef at home in the week before they were interviewed.

This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.

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