Multi-drug resistant Salmonella in whole pork used for pork roasts has sickened at least 134 people in Washington, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sixteen people have been hospitalized.
All patient cultures of the the outbreak strain Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- i were resistant to multiple drugs used to treat bacterial infections. Health officials, using epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback findings, have linked the outbreak to pork produced by Kapowsin Meats of Graham, Wash. On August 13, the company recalled approximately 116,262 pounds of whole pigs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,,12:i:-.
Those sickened reported onset of illness dates from April 25, 2015 to August 1, 2015. They range in age from 1 to 90, with a median age of 35.
Salmonella causes symptoms including nausea, vomiting, fever and diarrhea that develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and last up to a week. Anyone in Washington who has been to a pig roast and is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor and mention possible exposure to Salmonella.