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2013 Outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg at a County Jail

In November 2013 the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) Southeast Regional Office investigated an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg occurring among inmates and staff at a county jail. Twenty-nine cases were identified (23 inmates and 6 officers). Nine of 13 stool specimens tested positive for Salmonella Heidelberg. Five were hospitalized. The outbreak was linked to mechanically separated chicken served at two different meals. The outbreak strain of S. Heidelberg as well as another serotype of Salmonella was isolated in intact 10-pound chubs of frozen chicken collected at the jail. On January 10, 2014 Tyson Foods, Inc. of Sedalia, Missouri issued a recall of approximately 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken products.

  • Outbreak began:
  • November 2013
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Tennessee
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Chicken
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Jail
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Tyson Mechanically Separated Chicken
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 29
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 9
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 20
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 5
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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