68 Persons Ill from Contaminated Bean Sprouts

Posted on November 29, 2014 by

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that as of November 24, 2014, a total of 68 people were infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella enteritidis linked to bean sprouts.

The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Connecticut (4), Maine (3), Massachusetts (31), Montana (1), New Hampshire (4), New York (5), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (10), Rhode Island (6), and Vermont (3). The one ill person from Montana traveled to the Eastern United States during the period when likely exposure occurred.

Twenty-six percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

Illness onset dates range from September 30, 2014 to November 10, 2014.

Illnesses that occurred after November 4, 2014 might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between a person becoming ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

The information available to date indicates that bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. may be contaminated with Salmonella and are not safe to eat. As of November 21, 2014, the firm has verbally agreed to voluntarily stop the production and sale of their bean sprouts.

CDC recommends that restaurants and other retailers do not sell or serve bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. at this time.


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