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The Big Five: Most Common Salmonella Strains in Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

This article was originally published on August 2 by The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting as part of a series titled “Cracks in the System.” An estimated 1.2 million Salmonella-related illnesses occur each year in the United States. Approximately 400 people die. While Salmonella is most often associated with poultry products, outbreaks are linked to a wide… Continue Reading

CDC Updates on Hedgehog Salmonella Outbreak: 23 Ill in 9 States

A CDC investigation update for the multistate outbreak of human Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to pet hedgehogs has been updated. Twenty-three people in nine states have been reported as sickened with the same strain. According to CDC: The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1),… Continue Reading

Hedgehogs Have Sickened 34 with Salmonella Since 2011

Case count includes one death

Since 2011, at least 34 Americans have fallen ill with a rare strain of Salmonella Typhimurium contracted from pet hedgehogs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That case count includes one patient who died as a result of infection. The national molecular subtyping network PulseNet first began detecting the unique strain… Continue Reading

Pet Hedgehogs Implicated in Salmonella Outbreak

At least 14 people have been sickened in a multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to contact with hedgehogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first illnesses connected to this outbreak occurred in December of last year, but cases continued to crop up as recently as last month, according to CDC’s initial… Continue Reading