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Fresh Cilantro 1999

Laboratory-based surveillance detected an outbreak of Salmonella Thompson in southern California. There were 41 cases associated with eating at a single restaurant in Los Angeles County: eating dishes that included fresh cilantro increased the risk of illness. Thirty five additional cases were detected independent of this restaurant outbreak. Some of the cases in this group were linked to eating at two other restaurants where salsa that contained cilantro was served. Additional cases in this group had eaten cilantro at two more restaurants where salsa was not on the menu. A traceback of the cilantro was initiated, but was hampered by poor record keeping.

  • Outbreak began:
  • March 1999
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Herbs and Spices, Fresh Cilantro Salsa
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 76
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 76
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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