Tailor Cut Produce sickens 96 with Salmonella in 11 States



Ninety-six people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Javiana have been reported from 11 states – California 1, Colorado 1, Connecticut 1, Delaware 39, Illinois 1, Minnesota 1, New Jersey 12, New York, 4, Pennsylvania 34, Virginia 1 and Washington 1.

Illnesses were reported from states where Tailor Cut Produce distributes, including Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey, and Delaware. Ill people from other states reported traveling to these states in the week before their illness started.

Twenty-seven hospitalizations have been reported. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses started on dates ranging from November 15, 2019 to December 10,2019. Those who became ill range in age from 1 to 92, with a median age of 27 years old.  Fifty-one percent of ill people were male.  Twenty seven individuals were hospitalized.  

Since the last update on December 11, 85 additional ill people have been reported from 11 states.These illnesses started during the same time period as the illnesses reported on December 11, but were not confirmed as part of the outbreak at that time.

Epidemiologic and traceback evidence indicate that cut fruit, including honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and grapes, produced by Tailor Cut Produce of North Brunswick, New Jersey, is a likely source of this outbreak.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.

In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.

Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.

The outbreak investigation is ongoing and the CDC will provide updates when more information becomes available.  

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