Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Outbreaks

Opinion & Contributed Articles
Publishers Platform: Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Outbreaks
by Bill Marler | Dec 18, 2011

With the Hannaford Hamburger Salmonella Outbreak of 2011 hitting the wires a few days ago, Salmonella — especially antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Outbreaks — should be on manufacturers’, regulators’ and consumers’ minds.

On December 16, Hannaford, a Scarborough, Maine-based grocery chain, recalled fresh ground beef products that may have been contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Typhimurium. The recall resulted from an investigation into human illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 14 ill persons with an indistinguishable PFGE pattern. Eleven of those individuals reported consuming ground beef. Seven individuals were hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.

Ten of the fourteen case-patients reported purchasing ground beef at Hannaford stores in Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont between October 12 and November 20, 2011.

Here is a decade of history of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Outbreaks:

In early 2002, isolates of Salmonella Newport in New York State were found to be resistant to more than nine antibiotics and had a decreased susceptibility to the antibiotic, ceftriaxone. Since 1996, an increasing number of Salmonella Newport isolates had been found to be resistant to antibiotics. This particular strain of Salmonella Newport was referred to as SN-MDR-AmpC. Subsequent to the discovery of cases in New York, four additional states discovered cases sharing the same strain of SN-MDR-AmpC. (Read more)


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