The Salmonella outbreak linked pasta salad sold at Hy-Vee stores has ended after sickening 101 people in 10 states, hospitalizing 25 of them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Some of those who were sickened decided to sue the grocery store company.CDC Map of HyVee Salmonella Outbreak

Hy-Vee Salmonella Outbreak

The Hy-Vee Pasta Salad Salmonella Outbreak was announced by the CDC on July 18. The outbreak, which sickened 101 people and hospitalized 25 people in 10 states, involved two strains: of Salmonella Sandiego and Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb. DNA “fingerprinting” was used to identify who was part of this outbreak. Of the 101 people sickened, 92 were sickened by the Salmonella Sandiego strain, 7 were sickened by Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb and two people were sickened by both

Case-patients reported onest-of-illness dates ranging from June 21, 2018, to August 7, 2018, after eating pasta salad they purchased at Hy-Vee stores. They ranged in age from 1 year to 89 years old with a median age of 50. Sixty-one percent of those sickened were female.

The outbreak was linked though epidemiologic evidence to Spring Pasta sold at the grocery stores.

During interviews with health officials, 76 percent of case-patients reported eating Spring Pasta Salad they purchased from Hy-Vee grocery stores they in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota in the week before they became ill. (The North Dakota, Oregon, and Tennessee case-patients traveled to states where Hy-Vee grocery stores are located.)

Hy-Vee Pasta Salad Recall

On July 16, 2018, Hy-Vee Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, removed Spring Pasta Salad products from all of its stores which are located in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The next day, Hy-Vee issued a recall of the salad for possible Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella Symptoms

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever. These symptoms usually appear between six to 72 hours after exposure and last about a week. If dehydration becomes severe, hospitalization is required. In some cases, where the infection travels from the intestinal tract to the bloodstream, the infection can be life-threatening.

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