New outbreak associated with ground beef; one person dead from Salmonella
Food Safety News by Marler Clark
November 1, 2019
One person is dead and a total of eight have been hospitalized in an outbreak of Salmonella Dublin infections linked to ground beef. People started getting sick in August. Federal officials reported the outbreak this afternoon.
Investigators have not identified a specific brand of ground beef in relation to the six-state outbreak, according to an announcement posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Salmonella Dublin serotype is known for causing serious infections and the CDC noted this outbreak is producing an 80 percent hospitalization rate instead of the usual 20 percent rate associated with Salmonella illnesses.
The CDC is not recommending that people avoid ground beef. Rather, the agency is urging the public to take food safety into its own hands and be sure to avoid eating raw or undercooked ground beef. The federal agency also reminded consumers to take precautions such as washing their hands and kitchen utensils after handling raw meat.
“Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that ground beef might be contaminated with Salmonella Dublin and is making people sick. At this time, the investigation has not identified a single, common supplier of ground beef,” the CDC reported.
A total of 10 people in six states have been confirmed as infected, according to the CDC. One of them in California died.
“In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill,” the CDC reported. “Of eight people interviewed, six (75 percent) reported eating ground beef at home. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which 40 percent of respondents reported eating any ground beef at home in the week before they were interviewed.
“Ill people reported buying ground beef from various stores.”
Investigators collected a sample ground beef from the home of a sick person in California and tested it. The beef was contaminated with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Dublin. The sample was from ground beef that was left over and had been repackaged.
The CDC reported the following states with lab-confirmed patients as of today: California with 2, including the patient who died; Colorado 3; Iowa 1; Kansas 2; Oklahoma 1; and Texas 1.
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