Salmonella Atlas Crunches 40 Years of CDC Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  has created a Salmonella Atlas, compiled from 40 years of outbreak data.  Although there are more than 2,500 subtypes of Salmonella, most cases of Salmonella infection are caused by just 100 subtypes. The 32 most common subtypes are profiled in the atlas.

Each profile has five maps and eight graphs.  The maps in the atlas show the age-standardized rate by county over certain years. There is  a map for 1968-1975, 1976-1983, 1984-1991, 1992-1998, 1999-2005 and 2006-2011.

The information from the graphs is as follows: Rate of Isolates Per 100,000 Population; Percentage of Reported Isolates by Specimen Source; Percentage of Isolates Reported By Age Group and Month; Rate of Reported Isolates By Age Group and Year; Median Age of Persons Whose Specimens Yielded Isolates By Month; Median Age of Persons Whose Specimens Yielded Isolates By year; Percentage of Reported Isolates By Age Group; and Sex and Percentage of Non-Human Isolates by animal source in clinical and non-clinical settings.

Salmonella Heidelberg is the subtype associated with the ongoing Salmonella outbreak attributed to Foster Farms chicken which has sickened at least 481 people in 25 states. According to the CDC, for each reported case of Salmonella poisoning. there are 29.3 others. Using that multiplier, 14,093 people have been sickened by Foster Farms chicken over the last nine months

The Salmonella Heidelberg profile in the atlas shows that chicken accounted for over 50 percent of all Heidelberg isolates found in clinical settings and more than 73 percent of Heidelberg isolates in non -clinical settings. The two maps show the concentration of Salmonella in 1968-1975 and 2006-2011. Blue is the lowest reported level, red is the highest.


IL Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Homemade Mexican-Style Cheese

Salmonella in homemade Mexican-style cheese has sickened 100 people in 13 IL counties, according to the Illinois Department of Health.  Tests on a sample of cheese taken from the home of one of those sickened was positive for Salmonella.

Quesofresco-SalmonellaHealth officials are working to find the maker of the cheese which was sold at worksites, train stations, from street vendors and through family connections. The cheese in question was not professionally packaged or labeled and was usually sold wrapped in aluminum foil. Anyone who has this cheese at home should not eat it.

Salmonella can’t be detected by sight, taste or smell. Symptoms of an infection include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week.

Children, seniors, pregnant women and others with compromised immune systems are most at risk for severe cases of infection. The average age of those sickened in this outbreak is 9.

More than 30 people have been hospitalized with Salmonella infections from this cheese.  If you have legal questions about an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak, contact the Salmonella lawyers at the law firm of PritzkerOlsen.

Tyson Chicken Linked to Salmonella Outbreak at Bradley County Jail in Cleveland, Tennessee

Salmonella Claim Case ReviewAt least 9 people in the Bradley County Jail in Cleveland, Tennessee, got salmonella poisoning after eating chicken products made with Tyson mechanically separated chicken, according to the CDC and Tennessee Department. Tyson has recalled  about 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products in response to this outbreak.

Inmates at a jail can sue for Salmonella food poisoning to get compensation for pain, emotional distress and other damages. You can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm for a free case review (click here now).

Mechanically separated chicken is a paste-like chicken product produced by forcing the poultry through a sieve to separate the bone from the edible tissue. it is used to make chicken nuggets, chicken patties, popcorn chicken and other products.

Salmonella Heidelberg Outbreak is Multistate

This outbreak is be larger than initially thought. At least 19 people in 12 other states (in addition to Tennessee) may have been sickened by the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. If so, these cases were most likely also caused by the recalled Tyson mechanically separated chicken. Fred and Ryan have been contacted by people sickened in another state.

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm represent victims of Salmonella poisoning throughout the United States.

Tyson Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Investigation

The CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) have collaborated on the investigation of this outbreak. The investigation pinpointed mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods, Inc. as the likely source of the outbreak at Bradley County Jail. This means that others sickened in the outbreak were most likely also sicked by this Tyson Foods product.

The people sickened in this outbreak began getting sick as follows:

  • The people at the Bradley County Jail in Cleveland, TN had illness onset dates ranging from November 28, 2013 to November 29, 2013; and
  • the 19 additional persons from 12 other states had illness onset dates ranging from October 22, 2013 to December 15, 2013.

Health officials are awaiting the results of additional testing to determine if all of the 19 Salmonella Heidelberg cases are part of this outbreak. The names of these states will not be released until it is determined if they are part of this outbreak.

The CDC released the following information about the Tennessee cases:

Among persons in the Bradley County Jail for whom information is available,ill persons range in age from 22 years to 50 years, with a median age of 36 years. Of the 9 people sickened, 2 were hospitalized.

In interviews, ill persons at the Tennessee correctional facility answered questions about foods consumed and other exposures during the week before becoming ill. Eight (89%) of 9 ill persons interviewed reported consuming foods containing mechanically separated chicken in the week before becoming ill. Investigations at the correctional facility determined that the chicken served during the exposure period was Tyson brand mechanically separated chicken.

You can contact attorneys Fred Pritzker and Ryan Osterholm for a free case review.

Salmonella Poisoning From Nuts

The Salmonella outbreak linked to non-dairy cheeses made from raw cashews is not the first Salmonella outbreak linked to nuts. Over the last 10 years, illnesses from Salmonella have been linked to a variety of nuts including pine nuts, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and almonds.

Salmonella-Outbreak-NutsThe current outbreak has sickened 14 people in three states, hospitalizing three of them. In California, 12 illnesses have been reported. Nevada and Wyoming each have one case.

In 2011, the last multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to nuts, 43 people in five states contracted Salmonella infections from imported Turkish pine nuts sold in bulk bins at Wegmen’s grocery stores. Salmonella attorneys at Pritzker Olsen filed suit on behalf of a woman from New York who was hospitalized.

If  you have questions about an illness or hospitalization associated with this outbreak, contact Pritzker Olsen, one of the only law firms in the country with an extensive practice in food safety.

Pritzker Olsen attorneys have investigated a number of Salmonella outbreaks linked to nuts including:

A 2009 Salmonella outbreak linked to pistachios that prompted Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Calif.,  the nation’s second-largest pistachio processor, to recall 2 million pounds of nuts.

A 2006 Salmonella outbreak that sickeed 100 people in South Carolina who ate peanuts sold at a fair.

An 2003-2004 Salmonella outbreak linked to raw almonds that sickened 29 people in 12 states and Canada. The almonds were produced by Paramount Farms of Lost Hills, Calif. and sold by retailers including Costco and Trader Joe’s. About 18 million pounds of nuts were recalled.

Attorney for Salmonella from Cashew Cheese Made by The Cultured Kitchen

Salmonella Claim Case ReviewAttorney Fred Pritzker is available for a free Salmonella case review to people who got Salmonella poisoning after eating raw cashew cheese made by The Cultured Kitchen or West Sacramento, CA. He is investigating the DNA evidence connecting these illnesses. This evidence is obtained with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a process that breaks up DNA particles to make a unique genetic pattern.

To date, DNA evidence has connected 14 people in 3 states to this outbreak: California (12), Nevada (1) and Wyoming (1). Fred and his team are expecting this outbreak to grow as more reports of illness are confirmed.

“We urge people who think they are part of this outbreak to get medical attention and ask to be tested for Salmonella poisoning,” said attorney Pritzker, who represents Salmonella victims nationwide and has won millions for his clients. “If Salmonella poisoning is diagnosed, the Salmonella isolate found in the stool sample must be sent to a lab for PFGE analysis,” continued Pritzker.

You can contact Fred for a free consultation regarding this testing and a lawsuit against The Cultured Kitchen and others.

The Salmonella Stanley strain causing these illnesses has only been reported to the CDC 20 times prior to this outbreak. This is further evidence that these people were all sickened by the same source, either directly (eating the cheese) or indirectly (cross-contamination or contact with another outbreak victim).

The people sickened in this outbreak had illness onset dates from November 13, 2013 to December 9, 2013. Those sickened range in age from 2 to 77 years old. Three of them were hospitalized.

After the raw cashew cheese was connected to the Salmonella infections, The Cultured Kitchen recalled all flavors of its cashew cheese products with expiration dates on or before April 19, 2014. The cheese was sold in 8-ounce plastic containers in natural food stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada, and at farmers markets in Sacramento County.

Cashew Cheese Salmonella

Attorney Fred Pritzker has helped many people sickened by past outbreaks caused by contaminated cheese. You can call him at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or submit our law firm’s free Salmonella case review form (click here now). You can find out if you have a case and if you can file a Salmonella lawsuit against The Cultured Kitchen and others.