FOOD OUTBREAK SCAN: Peanut butter Salmonella outbreak, cholera in Sierra Leone

Sep 25, 2012

Salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter grows to 30 cases
A person in Nevada infected with Salmonella Bredeney who developed symptoms Sep 11 has increased the case count in the multistate outbreak linked to contaminated peanut butter to 30, the CDC confirmed today in an update. The number of affected states also increased by 1, to 19, the CDC said of the outbreak, which it first confirmed yesterday. Hospitalizations and deaths have remained at 4 and 0, respectively, and dates of illness onset range from Jun 11 to Sep 11. Yesterday Sunland Inc. of Portales, N.M., recalled multiple peanut and almond butter products because of possible Salmonella contamination. Sunland supplied Trader Joe's with the Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that the CDC linked to the outbreak.
Sep 25 CDC update
Sep 24 CIDRAP News story on the outbreak

Cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone tops 19,000 cases
The cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone that started in February has now topped 19,000 cases and has caused 274 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in a case study of the outbreak. On Sep 20 the agency had reported 18,919 cases and 273 deaths. The outbreak is unusual in that it began during the country's dry season, the report said. When the outbreak peaked in August during the rainy season, more than 2,000 cases were being reported per week. The WHO said having a cholera command center, detecting cases early, and disseminating safety messages have been crucial to outbreak-control efforts. The report also said poor sanitation in the country and low supplies of key treatments such as oral rehydration solution remain as top challenges.
Sep 25 WHO report

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