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2016 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Linked to Chapel Hill Creamery Cheese

In July 2016 North Carolina’s health department reported that 98 state residents have been confirmed with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. Sixteen required hospitalization. Eight out-of-state residents were also sickened. All exposures occurred in North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, onset dates for North Carolina residents ranged from April 24 through July 30, 2016. Cases ranged in age from infancy to more than 90 years old. Chapel Hill Creamery recalled all of its cheeses after samples tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella. Chapel Hill Creamery distributed 15 varieties of cheeses in various combinations to retailers, restaurants and farmers markets in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

  • Outbreak began:
  • Unknown 2016
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • North Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Cheese
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • store, restaurant, home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Chapel Hill Creamery
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 106
  • 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:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 16
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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