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1994 Outbreak of Salmonella Virchow Linked to Powdered Infant Formula, Spain

Spain's Salmonella surveillance system detected and halted an outbreak of Salmonella Virchow due to powdered infant formula. Most of the ill were infants less than seven months old. The outbreak lasted six months. Powdered formula samples were tested and the same strain of Salmonella Virchow was detected in the product.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 1994
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, Infant Formula or Colostrum, Powdered
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Undisclosed
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 48
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 48
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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