Ground Beef Salmonella Dublin Outbreak
Marler Clark investigated a multistate Salmonella Dublin outbreak linked to ground beef in Autumn 2019.
According to the CDC, since the last update on November 1, 2019, one additional ill person had been reported from Washington. As of November 19, 2019, a total of 11 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Dublin had been reported from seven states – Washington, California, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 8, 2019, to October 20, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from 39 to 74 years, with a median age of 66. Seventy-three percent of ill people were male.
Of nine ill people with information available, eight (89%) were hospitalized. One death was reported in California. In five (45%) ill people, Salmonella was found in samples of blood, which indicates their illnesses may have been more severe. Salmonella Dublin is known to commonly cause more severe illnesses than other Salmonella strains, particularly in older people.
USDA-FSIS and state partners traced the source of some of the ground beef eaten by one ill person in this outbreak to Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. On November 15, 2019, Central Valley Meat Co., Inc. recalled 34,222 pounds of ground beef produced that may be contaminated with Salmonella Dublin.
As of November 2, 2019, a single supplier, distributor, or brand of ground beef had not been identified that can account for all the illnesses in this outbreak. The investigation was ongoing and CDC would provide updates if more information became available.