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2008 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Consumption of pick de gallo or guacamole, Newton, Kansas

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis was associated with the Acapulco Restaurant in Newton, Kansas. The epidemiologic and clinical data suggested a continual source outbreak. Statistical analysis revealed that eating pico de gallo, or guacamole, was significantly associated with illness. Analyzing the common ingredients of pico de gallo and guacamole, only the consumption of tomatoes was significantly associated with illness. It was not known when the tomatoes could have become contaminated. There were some critical food handling problems detected on inspection.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2008
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Kansas
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pico de gallo, guacamole
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Twenty-two isolates had matching Xbal patterns (JEGX01.0005) and three isolates differed from this primary Xbal pattern by one band (JEGX01.0030). Eighteen of the isolates (15 from the primary pattern JEGX01.0005 and 2 from the secondary pattern JEGX01.0030) were analyzed using Bln 1 and all were indistinguishable Bln1 patterns (JEGA26.0004). Three isolates that had the JEGX01.0005 Xbal pattern and three isolates that had the JEGX01.0030 Xbal pattern were sent to CDC for MLVA testing. All 6 had indistinguishable MLVA patterns.
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 31
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 26
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 5
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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