October 6, 1999
Salmonella Outbreak in Wisconsin
Linked to Sprouts
Nineteen confirmed cases in six
MADISON, WI (SafetyAlerts) - The Wisconsin Division
of Public Health is investigating an outbreak of salmonella in six counties. So far
there have been nineteen confirmed cases of salmonellosis caused by Salmonella Muenchen.
Detailed interviews of the ill individuals have
identified consumption of alfalfa sprouts as the likely source of their infection.
The sprouts were eaten alone, as mixed sprouts containing alfalfa sprouts, or as
sprouts appearing to be alfalfa sprouts.
The Division of Public Health is working with the
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to determine which specific brands and types of
alfalfa like sprouts are involved and where they may have been distributed.
Wisconsin Health and Agriculture officials are
advising persons and food establishments who have purchased these types of sprouts, since
mid-August from any source in Wisconsin, not to eat or serve them and to discard them.
Individuals infected with salmonella bacteria may
experience mild to severe diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever and occasionally vomiting for
several days. Symptoms of gastrointestinal illness generally begin 18-36 hours after
Children, the elderly, and persons with weakened
immune systems should not eat raw sprouts. Although sprouts are considered a
"health food," the warm, humid conditions needed for growing sprouts from seeds
are also ideal for bacteria to flourish.
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