In a follow-up to the salmonella outbreak in multiple Chipotle restaurants in the Twin Cities Metro area in Minnesota, The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) have identified tomatoes as the source of the Salmonella Newport outbreak.
Since the outbreak was reported last week, additional illnesses have been confirmed by MDH. A total of 64 cases and 22 locations now have been linked to the outbreak. Nine people have been hospitalized; all are recovering. Meal dates for the cases range from August 16 to August 28 and people became ill between August 19 and September 3.
“We expected to see additional cases because it can take up to 10 days for symptoms of Salmonella to appear, another few days to a week before people go to their doctors and the cases get reported to us,” said MDH Epidemiologist Dana Eikmeier. “However, there is no longer a risk of Salmonella from this particular product at Chipotle.” The company has switched suppliers for its tomatoes and implicated product was removed from stores.
People who are sick with Salmonella usually experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after they eat something contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Most people are sick for 4 to 7 days and can get better without treatment.
People who are at high risk for Salmonella infection include: infants, elderly, immunocompromised, including persons on immunosuppressive therapies or medications, and pregnant women. People can decrease their risk of Salmonella infection through proper food handling and preparation and by practicing proper hand washing and hygiene practices.
The locations involved in the outbreak to date are:
|Edina||6801 York Ave|
|Crystal||5608 W Broadway Ave|
|St. Louis Park||5480 Excelsior Blvd|
|St. Paul Lawson||29 5th St|
|US Bank Plaza Minneapolis||200 S 6th St|
|Bloomington||10629 France Ave S|
|Richfield||1839 E 66th St|
|Maple Grove||7750 Main St. N|
|Maplewood||2303 White Bear Ave|
|7 Corners Minneapolis||229 Cedar Ave|
|Calhoun Village Minneapolis||3040 Excelsior Blvd|
|Uptown Minneapolis||2600 Hennepin Ave|
|Minnetonka||4717 County Rd 101|
|Ridgedale Center||12509 Wayzata Blvd|
|Rochester||1201 S Broadway|
|Shoreview||1021 Red Fox Rd|
|St. Cloud||211 5th Ave S|
|Minneapolis||50 S 6th St|
|Mankato||1851 Madison Ave|
|Maplewood Mall||3905 White Bear Ave|
|Eagan Promenade||3324 Promenade Ave|