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Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Consumption of Chicken, 2012-2013

A total of 134 persons infected with Salmonella Heidelberg were reported from 13 states. Illness onset dates ranged from June 4, 2012 and May 6, 2013. Thirty one percent were hospitalized. There were no deaths. Local, state, and federal public health and regulatory agencies determined that Foster Farms brand chicken was the most likely source of this outbreak. Testing conducted at the Washington State Department of Health Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of S. Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from 3 ill persons homes in Washington.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2012
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California, New York, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Massachusetts, Alabama
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Foster Farms
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 134
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 134
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 33
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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