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2005 Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis at Beaches Sandy Bay, Jamaica, Beachside Grill

Seventy persons, from twelve U.S. states (only Minnesota and Wisconsin were specifically named), were identified as having Salmonella Enteritidis associated with their stay at the Beaches Sandy Bay Resort in Jamaica. The outbreak was associated with eggs from a local farm and with the consumption of cheeseburgers. Pooling of eggs at the resorts, and cross-contamination with other foods likely contributed to the outbreak. Eggs likely cross-contaminated cheese that had been stored in the same refrigerator. Once resort chefs stopped the practice of pooling eggs, illnesses among guests began to drop. This strain of Salmonella Enteritidis was previously not known to be endemic in Jamaica. Local farms had been devastated by a hurricane and may have repopulated the bird stocks with birds from the United States where the strain had already been known to occur.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • International
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Eggs, Pooled Cross Contamination
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Resort
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 70
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Unknown
  • Number Dead:
  • Unknown

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