December 3, 2015 — The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella from pork products sold by Kapowsin Meats appears to be over.
The Salmonella outbreak sickened at least 192 people in five states, including 30 who were hospitalized. Washington was by far the hardest-hit state, with 182 illnesses reported. Cases were also reported in Alaska (1), California (2), Idaho (2), and Oregon (3).
Kapowsin Meats, of Graham, Washington, issued a recall for approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs for barbecue on August 13.
On August 27, Kapowsin Meats expanded the recall to include 523,380 pounds of pork products.
Investigators conducted antibiotic-resistance testing on 10 sick people and found that all of them were multi-drug resistant against ampicillin, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline. According to the CDC:
“Antibiotic resistance may be associated with increased risk of hospitalization, development of a bloodstream infection, or treatment failure in patients.”
Two outbreak strains were identified during laboratory investigations. Four people were infected with Salmonella Infantis and 188 people were infected with Salmonella I 4,,12:i:-. The antibiotic-resistant infections were all people who contracted the Salmonella I 4,,12:i:- strain.
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