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Multistate Restaurant Taco 2004

New Jersey epidemiologists noted an increase in Salmonella Berta cases in June 2004. Stool samples from case-patients were analyzed using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis; the patterns were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) PulseNet. The samples genetically matched a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Berta. Collaboration between state health departments and the CDC allowed epidemiologists to identify possible food vectors. Tacos served by a restaurant were implicated as the source of the infections.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2004
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Taco, Ground Beef, Onion, Eggs, Unknown
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • No
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant, Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 155
  • 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:
  • 16
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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