Salmonella Outbreak continues to grow, 592 ill in 36 states


On September 2, 2021, CDC identified an outbreak of 20 Salmonella Oranienburg infections. Since then, the outbreak has grown rapidly.

Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia hardest hit.

The CDC reports today that since the last update on September 23, 2021, 173 more people were added to this outbreak. As of October 14, 2021, 592 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg have been reported from 36 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from May 31, 2021, to September 29, 2021.

This map shows where the 592 people in this Salmonella outbreak live.


Alaska 3, Arkansas 12, California 8, Colorado 1, Connecticut 4, Florida 5, Georgia 2, Iowa 3, Illinois 34, Indiana 1, Kansas 10, Kentucky 9, Louisiana 4, Maryland 45, Massachusetts 11, Michigan 9, Minnesota 22, Missouri 10, Mississippi 2, North Carolina 11, North Dakota 4, Nebraska 8, New Jersey 5, New Mexico 8, New York 5, Ohio 6, Oregon 2, Oklahoma 92, Pennsylvania 6, South Carolina 3, South Dakota 7, Tennessee 10, Texas 149, Utah 3, Virginia 54 and Wisconsin 24.

Sick people range in age from less than 1 year to 97 years, with a median age of 36, and 57% are female. Of 363 people with information available, 116 (32%) have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella. In addition, recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.

Thus far, neither the CDC nor the FDA has implicated a specific food item.


Public health officials have collected food from some of the restaurants where the victims ate. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg was positively identified in a sample taken from a condiment cup containing cilantro and lime. The sick person who ate at this restaurant reported that the condiment cup also contained onions, but none were left to be tested.

The CDC published their findings which stated that because multiple food items were present in the container, it is impossible to know which one was the food contaminated with Salmonella. They will continue to investigate using these test results to help narrow the list of possible foods responsible for the outbreak.

However, as of September 23, 2021, The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) showed that of the 582 Salmonella Oranienburg uploaded, 581 Whole Genome Sequence (WGS) “matches” were human and one was cilantro – so, what’s up public health?

Salmonella582 isolates

Group PDG000000002.2313

Cluster PDS000094913.26

Distance between selected isolates: minimum = 0 SNPs, maximum = 9 SNPs, average = 1 SNPs

Target creation date range: 2021-08-20 to 2021-10-09


Salmonella: Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clarkhave represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $800 million for clients. Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants. The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Additional Resources

News & Press


Stay up-to-date with our timely and informative News, Events, Press Releases, and Alerts. VIEW ALL NEWS