Salmonella has been the most prodigious of the food borne pathogens so far this year, accounting for six of the major outbreaks in the United States of America according to the Centers for disease Control and Prevention. The first (in no particular order) is the egg outbreak linked to Rose Acre Farms Hyde County farm – the culprit “Salmonella Braenderup.” The CDC has identified 35 victims so far in 9 states, but the outbreak is still growing and still being investigated. Almost a third of the identified victims have had to be hospitalized.
The next 2018 Food Borne Illness Outbreak of Salmonella is the most wide-spread, with 265 victims being identified by the CDC in 8 states. Unfortunately, one person has died and 94 have been hospitalized. Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc. has been identified as the source of the tainted chicken salad, sold at Fareway grocery outlets in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Chicken is one of the very few items in which the USDA allows a certain amount of salmonella to be present – but the chicken must be cooked properly to kill the bacteria, something they either failed to do in preparing the chicken for the salad or failed to prevent cross contamination.
The next most prolific 2018 Food Borne Illness Outbreak in the USA this year, after Triple T chicken salad, is the Kratom outbreak – with a rare strain of Salmonella (does not even qualify for a name!) “Salmonella I 4,,12:b:-.” While most Americans don’t even know what Kratom is (it goes by other names, such as Thang, Kakuam, Thom, Ketom, and Biak), it has accounted for 199 confirmed illnesses in 41 states with more than a quarter of the victims requiring hospitalization. There have been no deaths so far, but the biggest fear is that some of the product may still be on the market.
Another 2018 Food Borne Illness Outbreak that made headlines was the dried coconut outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium. This outbreak was linked to Go Smiles Dried coconut from International Harvest, Inc. While it was identified in 14 states, the confirmed victim count was only 14. It is well believed that the majority of these victims went uncounted. Only 3 victims are known to have been hospitalized so far – but with the caveat that some of the product could still be in circulation. Ironically, frozen coconut also suffered an outbreak – this time it was “Salmonella I 4,,12:b:-.” (yes, same as Kraton outbreak!) and Salmonella Newport. This outbreak was traced to the Coconut Tree brand of shredded coconut, sold (or distributed for sale) by Evershing International Trading Company. There have been 27 identified victims in 9 states.
The most common culprit in the vegetable kingdom surfaced again as well, sprouts. Sprouts are notorious carriers of pathogens because they are so hard to clean and are not subject to heat treatment (cooking) in preparation. This Salmonella Montevideo outbreak hit Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnessota – a total of 10 victims. Nearly all the victims in this 2018 Food Borne Illness Outbreak are believed to have eaten the sprouts at a Jimmy John’s restaurant.
Finally, although Salmonella has been the predominant food borne pathogen this year, there was an outbreak of the most common form of food-borne e. coli, or E. coli O157:H7 in Romaine lettuce. As of now, there are 172 confirmed cases in this 2018 Food Borne Illness Outbreak in 32 states, with 75 requiring hospitalizations and one death in California. The outbreak has also been the cause of many Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome cases, or HUS, that is potentially life threatening.
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