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481 with Salmonella, 151 hospitalized linked to Chicken

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US Food Safety

foster_farms The CDC posted new information yesterday regarding the Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections linked to Foster Farms Brand Chicken.

This outbreak investigation continues. Previously, the outbreak appeared to be over, but recent findings indicate otherwise. The investigation continued and ongoing surveillance in February identified that infections from two of the previously rare outbreak strains have again exceeded the number of infections expected to be reported. 

As of February 28, 2014, a total of 481 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 25 states and Puerto Rico since March 1, 2013. Most of the ill persons (76%) have been reported from California.

Since the last update on January 16, 2014, a total of 51 new ill persons have been reported from 5 states: Arizona (3), California (44), Hawaii (1), Tennessee (1), and Utah (2). CDC and state and local public health partners are focusing…

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