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2018 Outbreak of Salmonella at Kitty’s Restaurant, North Reading, Massachusetts

Local and state public health officials in Massachusetts investigated an outbreak of Salmonella linked to Kitty’s Restaurant located in North Reading. Illnesses occurred in June 2018. Thirty-nine people became ill. Nine were laboratory confirmed with Salmonella. The source of the outbreak was traced to the antipasto salad and possibly the house dressing. Health officials closed the restaurant on July 5 and allowed to reopen the next day. It was closed again on Monday, July 9 because inspection found additional food safety and sanitation concerns.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2018
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Massachusetts
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Antipasto salad
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Kitty’s Restaurant
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 39
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 9
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 30
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown
  • Any References:
  • No

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