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Salmonella Outbreak Attributed to Onions


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed 73 cases of Salmonella Thompson infection in 22 states.  The outbreak was associated with a 25 percent hospitalization rate.  Although the patients ranged in age from 1 to 90 years, there were fortunately no fatalities.


The vehicle of infection was traced back to diced onions processed and supplied by Gillis Onions located in Oxnard, CA.  It is evident that the actual number of cases and states of residence will exceed the documented number.  Since the cases were reported from August 2nd to September 25th, additional confirmations are expected given the duration of incubation and delays between diagnosis and entry onto the CDC database.


Gills Onions was previously implicated in recalls for Listeria contamination.