Updated February 28, 2023 Outbreak Ends A Salmonella outbreak linked to SunSprout alfalfa sprouts has ended after sickening 63 people in eight states. Ten people have been hospitalized. SunSprout issued a recall for two lots of alfalfa sprouts that were distributed to grocery stores and restaurants.
Health officials used whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify the genetic “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain. Matching fingerprints indicate that people were exposed to the same source of contamination. They were able to identify outbreak patients in eight states- Arizona (1), Iowa (6), Kansas (6), Missouri (9), Nebraska (26), New Hampshire (1), Oklahoma (1), South Dakota (13)
During interviews with health officials, the majority of these patients reported eating alfalfa sprouts before they became ill. Many were able to name the stores and restaurants where they purchased alfalfa sprouts (or meals containing them) before they became ill. Tracing back the company that supplied sprouts to these establishments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that alfalfa sprouts produced by SunSprout of Fremont, Nebraska are the likely source of this outbreak. In addition, two patients specifically stated that they had purchased SunSprout alfalfa sprouts at the grocery store.
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Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually set in within six to 72 hours of exposure and include nausea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea that can be bloody. The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from less than one to 83 years old, reported the onset of symptoms between December 2, 2022, to February 2, 2023.
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UPDATE: This post was updated February 28, 2023 with final information.
UPDATE: This post was updated on December 30, 2022, when the FDA confirmed that SunSprout alfalfa sprouts were the source of the outbreak and the CDC joined the investigation.
UPDATE: This post was originally published on December 24, 2022, and updated on December 28, 2022, when the FDA announced it had joined the investigation and declared that it was multistate.