87 Sick in Wonton Foods Bean Sprout Salmonella OutbreakDecember 5, 2014 — In an update, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning that at least 87 people in 11 states have been infected in an outbreak of Salmonella linked to raw bean sprouts.

Since the last update on November 25, another 19 illnesses have been reported in Connecticut (3), Massachusetts (4), New York (9), Ohio (2), and Virginia (1). The rate of hospitalization has also risen to 27%. No deaths have been reported.

The onset of illnesses ranges from September 30 to November 14, 2014, but illnesses that occurred after November 12 might not yet be reported.

The outbreak has been traced to bean sprouts sold by Wonton Foods, Inc., which is based in Brooklyn, New York. The company has agreed to destroy any remaining stock while they conduct thorough sanitization and implement measures to control Salmonella.

Shipments resumed on November 29. According to the CDC:

“Contaminated bean sprouts produced by Wonton Foods, Inc. are likely no longer available for purchase or consumption given the maximum 12-day shelf life of mung bean sprouts.”

Sprouts are a common source of food poisoning. The CDC recommends that consumers and restaurants cook sprouts thoroughly before eating to reduce the risk of illness. Children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems should not eat sprouts of any kind, including alfalfa, clover, radish, and mung bean sprouts.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms 12-72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps

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