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Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked to raw almonds

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      Thursday, May 20, 2004, 16:01 EDT (4:01 PM EDT) CDCHAN-00201-2004-05-20-ADV-N On May 12, 2004, the Oregon Department of Human Services State Health Division identified five cases of Salmonella serotype Enteritidis (SE) infections with isolates having indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFG E) patterns. In the five days before illness, all patients had consumed raw almonds produced by Paramount Farms and sold under the Kirkland Signature label through Costco stores. The link between illness and consumption of raw almonds was a statistically significant finding when patients were compared with other persons in the community. A review of recent SE isolates submitted to PulseNet, the National Molecular Subtyping Network for Foodborne Disease Surveillance, revealed 17 additional isolates from 9 states, for a total of 22 S E isolates with the outbreak-associated PFGE pattern (Alaska 1, Arizona 2, Idaho 2, Massachusetts 1, Michigan 3, Oregon 6, Tennessee 1, Utah 2, Washington 4). Ages of case-patients range from 11 months to 91 years with illness onset dates from June 2003 to April 2004. Of sixteen patients with known medical data, 5 were hospitalized and no one died. SE isolates from 2004 continue to be analyzed and case finding is ongoing.
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