UPDATED February 3, 2022, with final outbreak information. An onion Salmonella outbreak that included 39 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. hit Texas hardest with almost a quarter of the 1,040 cases reported there.
When the Centers for Disease Control closed its investigation of the outbreak linked to imported onions from Chihuahua, Mexico on February 2, 2022, 248 Texans had been sickened. No other state came close to that total. Oklahoma, which reported the second-highest state total, had 129.
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When the CDC first detected this Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak in September 2021, the food source was a mystery. On October 20, 2021, federal health officials announced that the source of the outbreak to onions imported from Mexico and distributed to restaurants and grocery stores including Target and Walmart between July 1, 2021 and August 27, 2021.
The onion Salmonella recall includes the Target store on McKinney SW. And Walmart locations that sold the recalled red, yellow and white onions include: Bulreson, Colleyville, N. Cockrell Hill Rd, in Dallas, Coit Rd in Dallas, Denison, Farmers Branch, Frisco, Fort Worth, Lawrence St. in Gainesville, W. Buckingham Rd. in Garland, Greenville, Henderson, Keller, E. Round Grove Rd. in Lewisville, Gilmer Rd in Longview, N. Highway 67 in Midlothian, Plano, Roanoke, Sherman, and S. Broadway Ave. in Tyler.
The recalled onions were also distributed to restaurants. Many of the people sickened in this outbreak ate restaurant food containing onions before they became ill. During interviews with health officials, some mentioned eating at Mexican-style restaurants before they developed Salmonella infections.
Symptoms of a Salmonella Infection
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include vomiting, nausea, fever, and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop within six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The patients in this outbreak reported first experiencing symptoms on dates ranging from early August to mid-September.
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This post was originally published on September 29, 2021.
This post was updated on September 30, 2021, to include updated cases totals.
This post was updated on November 3, 2021, to include updated case totals.
This post was updated on November 17, 2021, to include updated case totals.
This post was updated on February 3, 2022, to include final outbreak information.