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2013 Salmonella Typhimurium linked to homemade unpasteurized fresh cheese, Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the City of Minneapolis investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to consumption of homemade unpasteurized cheese also known as queso fresco in May 2013. MDH confirmed 19 cases of infection with the same strain of Salmonella. An additional 7 cases of illness occurred among family memebers or other contacts of confirmed cases. The individuals became ill between March 28 and April 24. Of the 25 cases, 15 were hospitalized. All have recovered. Many cases reported eating unpasteurized queso fresco purchased or received from an individual who made the product in a private home. The individual made home deliveries and also may have sold the product on a street corner near the East Lake Stree area of Minneapolis.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Dairy, cheese, unpasteurized, raw
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 26
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 18
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 7
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 15
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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