The huge Salmonella outbreak which affected at least 1400 people all over the country in the month of July appears to be over according to CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current figures are typical of this period of the year according to Dr.Robert Tauxe, deputy director, Foodborne, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, CDC.
Tauxe also said that two people had succumbed and around 286 people were reported to be hospitalized due to the attack from the Saintpaul Strainl of Salmonella. He clarified that apart from Jalapeno peppers and Serrano peppers from Mexico, tomatoes were also thought to be a cause for this outbreak. Tauxe went on to explain that this food borne outbreak is one of the largest in the past ten years. Washington D.C., Canada and at least 43 other states were affected by this outbreak.
Two food carriers carrying the same bacteria was quite surprising according to Tauxe. A Texas distribution firm was found to be the origin of the jalapeno carrying this strain which in turn was traced by investigators to Tamaulipas, a farm in Mexico. Another farm nearby also stocked some contaminated Serrano peppers.
According to Dr.David Acheson from FDA, there was a lot to be looked into. He said if this strain was found to be spreading from the water irrigating the farm then the canal leading to the source has to be checked as there is a chance water could have spread this strain to other farms too.