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2014 Salmonella Newport Linked to Cucumbers

In August 2014 public health investigators detected an increase in Salmonella Newport through surveillance of PulseNet, a national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease. A total of 275 cases were reported from 29 states and the District of Columbia. Illness onset dates ranged from May 25 to September 29, 2014. Thirty four percent (48 of 141) were hospitalized; one death was reported in an elderly man with bacteremia. Sixty-two percent (49 of 79) of respondents reported eating cucumbers in the week before becoming ill. Officials in Maryland, Delaware and New York worked with the FDA and USDA to conduct an informational traceback from retail establishments to identify a point of distribution for produce items. Preliminary traceback led to common grower in Maryland's Eastern Shore in the Delmarva region. Officials collected 48 environmental samples from areas where cucumbers were grown, harvested and packed. No samples yielded Salmonella although sampling was performed several months after harvest.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2014
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Alabama, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Cucumbers
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • JJPX01.0061
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 275
  • 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:
  • 48
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1
  • Any References:
  • No

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