78 Sick in United States 48 in Canada with Salmonella linked to Peaches
As of September 2, 2020, there have been 48 confirmed case of Salmonella Enteritidis illness linked to this outbreak in two provinces: Ontario (32) and Quebec (16).
Individuals became sick between June and August 2020. Eleven individuals have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Individuals who became ill are between 0 and 91 years of age. The majority of cases (58%) are female.
As of August 27, 2020, a total of 78 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 12 states: Connecticut (1), Iowa (8), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (17), Minnesota, (23), Missouri (1), New Jersey (7), New York (9), Pennsylvania (2), Virginia (3) and Wisconsin (5).
Illnesses started on dates ranging from June to August. Ill people range in age from 1 to 92 years, with a median age of 44. Sixty-four percent of ill people are female. Of 67 ill people with available information, 23 hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
Epidemiologic evidence indicates that bagged peaches are a likely source of this outbreak. Many ill people report purchasing bagged peaches sold at certain ALDI stores in several states.
On August 19, 2020, ALDI voluntarily recalled peaches and removed them from their store shelves in multiple states. ALDI is participating in efforts to determine the source of contamination.
Consumers should not eat any recalled Wawona-brand bagged peaches purchased from ALDI locations in Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, until we learn more. This investigation is ongoing to determine if other products or retailers are linked to illness.
According to Minnesota health officials, Ill people reported purchasing peaches from Aldi, Target, and possibly other retail locations. On August 19, Aldi announced a recall of peaches from Wawona Packing Company, including both loose and bagged peaches (ALDI Voluntarily Recalls Assorted Peaches from Wawona Packing Company LLC Due to Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination (PDF)). Target is also in the process of removing peaches from its stores.
Health officials recommend throwing out or returning fresh, whole peaches supplied by Wawona Packing Company. Do not eat them. Other peaches (including frozen or canned peaches) are not known to be affected. Fresh peaches supplied by other companies are not known to be affected. If people are unsure whether the peaches they bought are supplied by Wawona, they should contact the retail location where they were purchased. If they have any doubts about where their peaches came from, they should not eat them and should throw them away.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 96 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to two weeks after exposure. Infections usually clear in five to seven days, but about 28% of laboratory-confirmed cases require hospitalization. Many Salmonella infections in otherwise healthy people do not require medical treatment. More serious infections occasionally occur. For those who seek health care, most do not require antibiotics. However, antibiotic treatment may be warranted in some cases. If you’ve consumed these products, become ill and are concerned about your health, consult your health care provider.
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