October 18, 2021

Dairy Cows May Have Been Source of Unannounced Salmonella Newport Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef in 2016 – 2017

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Report of the week of April 20, 2018, the long outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections that were linked to ground beef in 2016 and 2017 may have come from dairy cows. In that outbreak, 106 people in 21 states were sickened; 42 people were hospitalized, and one death occurred. This outbreak was not announced to the public at the time. No direct link was found, but whole genome sequencing (WGS) of patient and sample isolates suggests that dairy cows were the "ultimate outbreak source." The report states that foodborne illness outbreak investigations could be enhanced by improvements in traceability of cows from their originating farms, through slaughter and processing establishments, to the ground beef that is sold to consumers. The … [Read more...]

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