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2019 Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg Linked to Pet Turtles

Twenty six people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg were reported from 14 states. Eight hospitalizations were reported. No deaths were reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 29, 2019 to October 31, 2019. Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback evidence indicate that contact with pet turtles was the likely source of this outbreak. In interviews, 16 (73%) of 22 ill people reported contact with a turtle. The outbreak strain was identified in samples collected from a pet turtle's habitat.

  • Outbreak began:
  • May 2019
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Colorado, Iowa, Washington, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Turtles
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private residence
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 26
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 26
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 8
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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