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Toll Rises in Rhode Island Outbreak

Seventy-eight suspected cases of Salmonella infection had been reported as of Friday in the outbreak in Rhode Island linked to a bakery that sold holiday pastries. DeFusco’s Bakery in Johnston is at the center of the outbreak, which now has 46 lab-confirmed cases of Salmonella infection, the Rhode Island Department of Health reported in its… Continue Reading

More Salmonella Illnesses in Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Department of Health has posted another update in its ongoing investigation of the Salmonella outbreak linked to zeppole and other pastry items prepared and sold last month by DeFusco’s bakery in Johnston. The new numbers released Tuesday: — 73 cases total (72 in Rhode Island, 1 in Massachusetts) — 29 hospitalizations (27… Continue Reading

Second Death in Rhode Island Salmonella Outbreak

The Rhode Island outbreak of Salmonella linked to contaminated pastries has claimed a second victim. A man in his 90s, who had been hospitalized and had tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella, died Thursday, according to a report in the Providence Journal.  The Rhode Island Department of Health told the newspaper the man… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against DeFusco’s Bakery

A Bristol County, Massachusetts mother filed suit Monday against the Rhode Island bakery whose zeppole have been determined to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened dozens. The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in Providence by Seattle food-safety law firm Marler Clark and Cooley Manion Jones, a Boston-based law firm, on… Continue Reading

Zeppole-Linked Salmonella Count Climbs

Nine new cases of Salmonella infection were reported Friday in Rhode Island in an outbreak linked to Italian pastry. The illness total is now 56. Almost all of those sickened, including a man who died, were said to have eaten zeppole or other pastries from DeFusco’s Bakery in mid-March. As of Friday, nine people remained hospitalized; 26 people… Continue Reading

More Suspected Cases of Zeppole-Linked Salmonella

The number of suspected Salmonella infections associated with pastries made by a Rhode Island bakery is up to 47, the state’s health department reported Wednesday. Health officials said 23 of the cases have been lab-confirmed and 24 people have been hospitalized. Two people who went to emergency rooms were not admitted for further treatment.  Of… Continue Reading

One Dead, 38 Ill from Salmonella Linked to Pastry

One man has died and there are now 38 other cases of suspected Salmonella infections in the Rhode Island outbreak linked to Italian pastries from a Johnston bakery. The Rhode Island Health Department said Tuesday that the man who died March 23 was a Providence County resident in his 80s.  He had tested positive for… Continue Reading

Zeppole Outbreak: Why So Many Hospitalized?

As of Monday, the Rhode Island Department of Health reports 33 possible cases of Salmonella with 17 hospitalized in an outbreak linked to holiday pastries called zeppole. (Wednesday update: 43 ill, possibly including one fatality; 22 hospitalized.) Having over one third of victims in a Salmonella outbreak require hospitalization is a rarity.  A high hospitalization… Continue Reading