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Large Red Tomatoes Eaten in Restaurants 2005

An outbreak of Salmonella Newport occurred in multiple states during the summer of 2005. Case patients were more likely than controls to have eaten in restaurants and to have eaten large, sliced tomatoes. A traceback of the tomatoes led to two farms on the eastern shore of Virginia. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport was isolated from irrigation pond water near tomato fields in this vicinity in October, 2005. This region had been the source of a Salmonella Newport (same strain) outbreak, also involving tomatoes, in 2002.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Fruit, Tomatoes
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • PulseNet XbaI pattern JJPX01.0061 [/ BlnI pattern JJPX01.0021
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurants
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 72
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 72
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 8
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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