C.D.C. states Salmonella outbreak apparently over

by Jeff Gelski
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ATLANTA — The Salmonella saintpaul strain outbreak that hospitalized hundreds and may have contributed to two deaths appears to be over, the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Aug. 29. The C.D.C. and state health departments will continue to conduct surveillance for cases of infection with the outbreak strain.

As of Aug. 25, 1,442 persons had been reported infected with the outbreak strain and at least 286 persons had been hospitalized, according to the C.D.C.

Preliminary epidemiologic and microbiologic results support the conclusion that jalapeno peppers were a major vehicle for the transportation of the pathogen while serrano peppers also were a vehicle. Tomatoes possibly were a vehicle, particularly early in the outbreak, according to the C.D.C. The outbreak came to light on May 22 when the New Mexico Department of Health notified the C.D.C. about infected persons.

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