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1997 Outbreak of Salmonella Meleagridis Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts, Alberta, Canada

In October, 1997 in Alberta, Canada, an outbreak of S. Meleagridis infections was linked to eating alfalfa sprouts. The outbreak strain was also isolated from retail product. During the same period, cases of S. Meleagridis infection with the same phage type occurred in persons who had eaten sprouts produced by sprouters in two other Canadian provinces. These sprouts had all been grown from the same alfalfa seed lot.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 1997
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Not Applicable
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Vegetable, Sprouts, Alfalfa
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 78
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 78
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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