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2000Outbreak of Salmonella Thompson Orange County Bakery Burger Bun Packer, California and Arizona

A bakery worker who worked while infectious and whose job was to pack finished, burger buns into packages was likely the source of an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson. Outbreaks of Salmonella Thompson were first observed in California in mid-July associated with a barbeque and then later associated with a chain restaurant. An investigation into these outbreaks implicated the consumption of sandwiches served on a bun. Public health was notified of the bakery worker's infection only when the stool culture report was received, on July 31. Other bakery workers were subsequently tested; the bakery worker's brother (also a bakery worker) was found be infected with Salmonella Thompson and likely led to other exposures. The buns had been distributed in Arizona and California where cases were identified.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2000
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, Arizona
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Breads and Bakery, Food Worker
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Retail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 40
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 40
  • 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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