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2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at a Restaurant, King County, Washington

Eating fried rice at an unnamed restaurant in King County, Washington state, was associated with an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. Raw animal product, cross contamination, poor hand hygiene, and temperature control were implicated in the outbreak. The genetic pattern of the Salmonella Enteritidis associated with this outbreak matched that of a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that occurred in 2010. The 2010 outbreak occurred nationwide and involved eggs. Eggs were not specifically named as a vehicle in this outbreak, although often eggs are an ingredient in fried rice. The fried rice ingredients were not described.

  • Outbreak began:
  • July 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Washington
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Grains, Rice, Fried Rice
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • PFGE pattern JEGXX01.0004
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 82
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 37
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 45
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 4
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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