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Four New Hampshire Salmonella Cases Identified as Part of Multistate Outbreak Linked to Bean Sprouts
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Communicable Disease Control and Surveillance
Publish Date:
November 22, 2014

Concord, NH – Four people in New Hampshire, so far, have been identified by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) as being linked to a multistate outbreak involving bean sprouts consumption in restaurants. As of November 21, 2014, a total of 63 people have been infected with Salmonella Enteriditis in 10 states. Traceback from all of the establishments indicated that all received bean sprouts from Wonton Foods, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York.

The firm is cooperating with public health and agriculture officials and has reported that their last shipment of bean sprouts was on November 18, 2014. As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts while they take steps to prevent Salmonella contamination. The other states reporting cases include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Illness onset dates range from September 30th to November 8th. So far 11 people have been hospitalized, none in New Hampshire, and no deaths have been reported.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health partners are continuing laboratory surveillance to identify additional ill persons and to interview them about foods they ate before they became ill. This ongoing investigation is rapidly evolving, and CDC and DPHS will update the public when additional information is available.

"The Division of Public Health Services will continue to investigate to identify any other potential cases and has notified the New Hampshire Grocers Association and the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association so that the product is removed from consumption" said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DPHS. "Sprouts are a known source of foodborne illness, so if you are not sure of the origin of any sprouts, it is best to throw them out rather than risk consuming a contaminated product."

The CDC is recommending that restaurants and other retailers do not sell or serve sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time. Consumers are encouraged to cook any sprouts and children, older adults, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems should always avoid eating raw sprouts of any kind due to their increased risk of illness from Salmonella.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps usually 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the patient is treated promptly with antibiotics.

The DHHS Division of Public Health Services continues to follow this outbreak closely, including investigation of any reported cases in close coordination with the CDC and the FDA, and will provide updates as they become available. For further information visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/salmonella/enteritidis-11-14/index.html, or to report a suspected case contact the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

 
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