June 16, 2024

Mexican Fast Food Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 68

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Map Showing Outbreak of Salmonella at Mexican Restaurant

An outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to a Mexican-style fast food chain has sickened 68 people in 10 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In its first and final report on the outbreak issued January 19, 2012, the CDC declared the outbreak, which began in October, over.

A multi-agency investigation by federal, state and local authorities was unable to identify the specific source of the outbreak, but determined that contamination likely occurred before the product reached the restaurant locations.

Among those who were sickened and reported eating at the restaurants, 94 percent reported eating ground beef, 90 percent reported eating lettuce, 77 percent reported eating cheese, and 35 percent reported eating tomatoes.

Because of the restaurant’s meat handling and cooking practices, the CDC believes it is unlikely that ground beef was the source of the outbreak and that the pattern of illness is consistent with previous produce-related outbreaks.

The outbreak strain was Salmonella Enteritidis and the number of confirmed cases in each state is as follows:

  • Texas (43)
  • Oklahoma (16)
  • Kansas (2)
  • Iowa (1)
  • Michigan (1)
  • Missouri (1)
  • Nebraska (1)
  • New Mexico (1)
  • Ohio (1)
  • Tennessee (1)

Among those for whom information was available, onset of illness began on or after October 13, 2011.  About 60 percent reported eating at the fast food chain in the week before they became ill.  Patients ranged in age from 1 to 79 years; the median age was 25.  Most of the patients, 54 percent, were female. One third required hospitalization. No deaths were reported.


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