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Kapowsin Meats Salmonella Outbreak Over After 192 Sickened

December 3, 2015 — An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella linked to pork products from Kapowsin Meats appears to be over, according to an update from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

At least 192 people in five states were infected, including 30 patients who were hospitalized. The outbreak spanned from April to October and peaked in July, during the high season for barbecuing whole hogs and pork products.

Case count by state: Alaska (1), California (2), Idaho (2), and Oregon (3), Washington (182).

Nearly all of the illnesses were reported in Washington state, where Kapowsin Meats is located. The company recalled 116,262 pounds of whole hogs for barbecue on August 13, and expanded the recall on August 27 to include 523,380 pounds of pork products.

Laboratory investigations confirmed two strains of Salmonella in the outbreak. The Salmonella Infantis strain sickened four people and the Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- strain sickened 188 people.

Antibiotic-resistance testing on 10 people who were infected with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- confirmed that all of them had infections that were resistant to multiple antibiotics, including streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline. The CDC warns:

“Antibiotic resistance may be associated with increased risk of hospitalization, development of a bloodstream infection, or treatment failure in patients.”

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