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Daniel J. DeNoon
Louise Chang, MD
Aug. 31, 2012 -- An ongoing salmonella outbreak traced to mangoes has sickened at least 105 people in 16 states across the U.S.
There have been 25 hospitalizations but no deaths. People who fell ill after Aug. 6 may not have been reported. In Canada, where health authorities first identified the outbreak, there have also been several cases.
Splendid Products has recalled the mangoes, sold under the Daniella brand name. The recall applies only to mangoes with stickers bearing PLU numbers 3114, 4051, 4311, 4584, or 4959. These mangoes, and mangoes without stickers, should be thrown out.
The company says the recalled mangoes were sold at retail locations including Costco, Save Mart Supermarkets, Food 4 Less, Ralph’s, Topco stores, El Super, Kroger, Giant-Eagle, Stop & Shop, Aldi, and some Whole Foods stores. Other stores may have also carried the recalled product. The recalled mangoes were sold in the U.S. between July 12 and Aug. 29.
States reporting cases are California (80 cases), Delaware (1), Hawaii (3), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Michigan (1), Montana (1), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (1), New York (3), Oregon (1), Texas (2), Washington (6), and Wisconsin (1).
The salmonella strain responsible for the outbreak, Salmonella Braenderup, usually causes two or three cases a month in the U.S.
The salmonella outbreak traced to mangoes is not linked to the ongoing salmonella outbreak traced to cantaloupe.
The cantaloupe outbreak, caused by a different salmonella strain (Salmonella Typhimurium), has now sickened at least 204 people in 22 states, with two known deaths. This week, 12 states reported 26 new cases.
CDC and FDA investigators have traced the outbreak to cantaloupe grown by Chamberlain Farms Produce Inc. of Owensville, Ind. The company recalled all of its cantaloupe and will not ship any new melons for the rest of this growing season.
Salmonella cases linked to cantaloupe occurred in Alabama (13 cases), Arkansas (5), California (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Illinois (24), Indiana (22), Iowa (8), Kentucky (63), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (5), Mississippi (5), Missouri (13), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (5), Ohio (5), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (8), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).
Within 12 to 72 hours of eating salmonella-contaminated food, most people get:
These symptoms usually last four days to a week. Most people recover without treatment, although the diarrhea may be so severe that a person needs hospital care.
Sometimes salmonella bacteria escape the gut and get into the bloodstream. From there, different parts of the body are infected. These infections can be fatal. Immediate treatment with antibiotics is needed.
SOURCES:CDC news releases.FDA news releases.CDC web site.FDA web site.Splendid Products web site.
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