Washington Salmonella outbreak grows to 90 cases, state calls on ‘Disease Detectives’ | Outbreak News Today Outbreak News Today
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In a follow-up to an earlier report of a salmonella outbreak, potentially linked to pork, in Washington State, the case load has increased to 90 prompting officials to seek assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



With the increase in cases, state health officials have asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to send a special team to help with the investigation. This team of “disease detectives” will arrive in Washington next week.

Disease investigators are searching for possible exposure sources from farm to table. An apparent link to pork consumption or contamination from raw pork is the strongest lead, though no specific source has yet been found. The likely source of exposure for some of the ill people appears to have been whole roasted pigs, cooked and served at private events.
All of the people who’ve been sickened have been infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria. Salmonellosis, the illness caused by infection with Salmonella, can cause severe and even bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort, and vomiting. Serious bloodstream infections may also occur.
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  1. […] a follow-up to a report on the salmonella outbreak that has sickened scores in Washington State, federal food safety officials have issued a warning […]

  2. […] In an update to the salmonella outbreak in Washington state linked to pork products, state health officials say the outbreak has expanded to 134 cases in 10 counties. This is up from 90 cases reported about two weeks ago. […]

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