January 7, 2008: Little Info Available Regarding Current Salmonella Outbreak

What’s up with the CDC?  As of today, close to 400 people have been sickened by Salmonella Typhimurium, as part of an ongoing multistate outbreak.  Approximately 70 individuals have required hospitalization as a result of their illness.

The CDC has been unable to identify the source of the outbreak; however, they can and should identify which states have been affected.  It is standard for health officials to alert the medical community and public of an infectious disease outbreak.  It is particularly important to identify which states and their counties have been affected, so that medical and health care providers are in a better position to diagnose, treat, and protect the public.

Based on reports in the media, here is what we do know regarding the number of  Salmonella Typhimurium cases per state: Arizona (5), Arkansas (3), California (51), Connecticut (6), Georgia (5), Illinois (4), Maine (2), Massachusetts (39), Michigan (20), Minnesota (30), Missouri (8), Nevada (Yes, but not telling where or how many), New Hampshire (10), New York (12), New Jersey (13), North Dakota (7), Ohio (50), Pennsylvania (12), Rhode Island (3), Texas (8), and Vermont (3).