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Large Salmonella outbreak hits Oregon

The outbreak is tied to onions from Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 5:21 PM
Updated: Aug 1, 2020 11:53 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. – State health officials are issuing a warning as dozens of Oregonians have gotten sick as part of a national Salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak is tied to onions from Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, California.

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK

In Oregon, 76 people across 13 counties have gotten sick with matching strains of Salmonella bacteria. Eighteen have been hospitalized, but there are no deaths tied to the outbreak, Oregon Health Authority officials said.

"People who believe they’ve gotten diarrhea from consuming red onions might want to contact a health care provider," said epidemiologist Emilio DeBess with the state. "However, most people with salmonellosis will recover without antibiotics."

The outbreak has stretched across 40 states, sickening more than 400 people. Consumers in Canada have also been affected.

ONION RECALL

While red onions are the likely source, the company will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have been cross-contaminated, OHA said.

"If you have any of these potentially contaminated onions, discard them and wash your hands afterwards," advised DeBess.

Most people recover without treatment, but OHA said infants, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems could develop serious illness. In rare cases, it can be deadly.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156884

Reported Deaths: 2293
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Benton236017
Jefferson197630
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