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2013 Outbreak of Salmonella at an Ecuadorian Festival, Minnesota

More than 119 people were sickened with Salmonella at a street festival held in Minneapolis on August 11, 2013. Eleven people were hospitalized. Several serotype were identified. These included Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Uganda, Salmonella serotype I4,[5]12:1:-, Salmonella Chailey, Salmonella Infantis, and Salmonella Anatum. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) concluded that roasted pork purchased from a Minneapolis market and resold at the street festival was the "likely initial source" of the outbreak. The organizer of the festival, New York Plaza Produce, was fined $1,000 for violations associated with the festival including the illegal slaughter of guinea pigs for food. New York Plaza Produce owner, Nieves Riera, bought three whole pigs from Shuang Hur BBQ. MDA determined that the pork probably had low levels of Salmonella when Riera purchased it and that the pathogen grew and spread through cross-contamination.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Pork
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Street festival
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 119
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 40
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 79
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 11
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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