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Brazilian Mangoes 1999

A nationwide outbreak of a single strain of Salmonella Newport was associated with the consumption of imported mangoes. The implicated mangoes were traced back to a single Brazilian farm. Salmonella and E.coli were isolated from water and other environmental samples of the farm. Water treatment was identified as a possible source of contamination. The mangoes destined for the US market were dipped in hot water, then cool water, a procedure that may have caused Salmonella on the surface of the fruit to be drawn inside. The hot dip water was not chlorinated. The cool dip water was chlorinated once a week; chlorine levels were not monitored. The mangoes were coated in wax mixed with chlorinated water. The farm also shipped mangoes to Europe. These mangoes did not receive the same hot/cold water bath treatment; the mangoes did not lead to illness in Europe.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 1999
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Georgia, Maine
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Mango
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 78
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 78
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 15
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 2

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