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2007 International Outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg Linked to Fresh Basil

In May, 2007, fresh basil sold in the United Kingdom was found to be contaminated with Salmonella Senftenberg after outbreaks in England and Wales were investigated. Only a minority of the ill had recalled eating basil prior to the onset of illness. Eight samples of prepacked, fresh basil, imported from Israel, tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Senftenberg. Tests of locally grown basil failed to identify the outbreak strain of Salmonella. At least eight additional cases were detected in Scotland, Denmark, the Netherlands. Eleven cases were identified in the the United States. The Centers for Disease Control attributed eleven U.S. cases to the basil; the resident states of these cases was not available.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2007
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • N/A
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Basil
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • SSFTXB.0014
  • Location(s):
  • Unknown
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 74
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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