By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Salmonella Reading outbreak 

Public Health — Seattle & King County report investigating an outbreak of salmonellosis associated with a private event held on April 20, 2019.

Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Multiple potluck items were brought by party attendees. Assorted smoked and barbecued meat was also provided, including pork (whole pigs cut into quarters), turkey legs, and lamb. Some of this meat was partially prepared in a private residence.

Laboratory testing indicates this outbreak strain closely matches a national outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading related to raw turkey products, which suggests turkey as the likely source of illnesses from this private event.

Since April 24th, 2019, seven people (two Snohomish County residents and five King County residents) reported becoming ill after consuming food and beverage from this private event. One of the ill people was hospitalized and has since recovered.


Health officials reported investigating a new confirmed measles case with possible public exposures. The King County resident, a teenager, visited the Auburn Community Center while infectious before receiving the diagnosis of measles.


The teenager is a household contact of a person previously diagnosed with measles.

Public Health has also confirmed measles in an infant who is not known to have been in any public locations while infectious. The baby was a household contact of a person who had previously been diagnosed with measles.

These two cases brings the total to nine measles cases in King County residents since the beginning of May and 10 since the beginning of the year.

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