Friday, February 20, 2015

Hunt is on for reservoir of Salmonella Newport

The hunt is on for an “environmental reservoir” of Salmonella Newport bacteria that last summer poisoned 279 people who ate cucumbers grown in the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) area.

The food poisonings were scattered over 29 states and the District of Columbia.

They were traced to cucumbers after a surveillance network, PulseNet, linked the food poisonings.
Genetic testing confirmed they were all the same strain of Salmonella and that the bacteria came from cucumbers.

The Delmarva area is one of the most concentrated chicken-farming regions of North America and has often been blamed for polluting streams and rivers and the entire shoreline basin that empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s the Centers for Disease Control that is recommending that this “environmental reservoir . . . should be identified and eliminated.”

More information has been posted online by Dr. Doug Powell at his barfblog internet website.