A Salmonella Newport outbreak has sickened 125 people in 15 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced. Twenty-four people have been hospitalized.
August 1st, 2020 Update: 396 people now known to have been sickened, with 59 hospitalized. Red onions produced by Thomson International and distributed by Sysco have been linked to this outbreak.
“This is a higher-than-average hospitalization rate for a Salmonella outbreak,” said Fred Pritzker, founder of the national food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman. “It’s concerning because both age groups who are at elevated risk of serious illness are included – those under five and those over 65.”
The people sickened in this outbreak range in age from 2 to 92 years old. They reported onset of Salmonella symptoms, which include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever, on dates ranging from June 19, 2020 to July 7, 2020.
The illnesses have been reported in states in multiple regions of the country. Oregon and Utah have been the hardest hit. The number of cases reported from each state is: California (3) Illinois (1), Iowa (3), Michigan (12), Minnesota (3), Missouri (2), Montana (11), North Carolina (3), Ohio (5), Oregon (42), Tennessee (1), Utah (28), Washington (1), Wisconsin (1), and Wyoming (9). A Salmonella Newport outbreak in Canada has also been reported.
Health officials are interviewing patients trying to identify a common food item they ate before they became ill. The investigation is ongoing.
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