In an update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week, the multistate Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak affecting primarily states in the north east has grown by an additional 19 cases since Nov. 25.
The number of cases is now at a total of 87 people infected from 11 states. Virginia is the newest state to report a case from the outbreak strain.
The 19 additional ill persons have been reported from Connecticut (3), Massachusetts (4), New York (9), Ohio (2), and Virginia (1).
Twenty-seven percent of ill persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported., according to the CDC.
Based on the ongoing investigation into the outbreak, it is linked to bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc of Brooklyn, NY.
On November 21, 2014, Wonton Foods, Inc. agreed to destroy any remaining products while they conducted thorough cleaning and sanitization and implemented other Salmonella control measures. On November 24, the firm completed cleaning and sanitization and restarted production of bean sprouts. The firm resumed shipment on November 29, 2014
Contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are likely no longer available for purchase or consumption given the maximum 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts.