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Puerto Rico now part of the outbreak

US patient count in Salmonella outbreak related to onions exceeds 800

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more than 100 people to its patient count in a Salmonella outbreak linked to onions from Mexico since its October 18 update.

There are now 808 confirmed patients in the outbreak, 156 more than the previous report from the CDC. In addition to the 37 states where sick people live, Puerto Rico is now part of the outbreak.

Of 505 patients with complete information available, 157 people have been so sick they had to be admitted to hospitals. That is higher than the usual hospitalization rate associated with Salmonella infections.

Various companies have recalled onions in relation to the outbreak. All recalled onions were supplied by ProSource Produce LLC in Idaho and Keeler Family Farms in New Mexico. They were imported from the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, between July 1 and Aug. 31.


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