News Release: November 21, 2014
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – An outbreak of Salmonella illnesses in the northeastern United States, including three cases in Vermont, has been associated with bean sprouts. This is the finding from an investigation by the Vermont Department of Health along with other state health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
CDC reported today that 63 people in 10 states have become ill as part of the outbreak. Eleven were hospitalized and no one has died. None of the Vermont residents were hospitalized, and all three have recovered from their illness.
A review of records and invoices at restaurants in the northeast where groups of cases ate bean sprouts shows that all received bean sprouts from Wonton Food, Inc.
The investigation by state and federal partners is still underway, but consumers should avoid eating bean sprouts grown and sold by Wonton Food, Inc. Restaurants and grocery stores are also advised not to serve or sell bean sprouts from this firm.
Infection with Salmonella typically causes diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps. Illness can be severe and require hospitalization. Young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. Salmonella may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body, and can be fatal without prompt treatment.
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