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Booty Week in Review

The CDC yesterday announced that the number of ill has risen to 60. At last count, 31 children have retained us. Last week Minnesota State Health Department released that a sample of Veggie Booty tested positive for Salmonella Wandsworth by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Also in a press release from Roberts American Gourmet, the company that markets “Veggie Booty,” said tests on the seasonings (sourced from China) also tested positive for Salmonella Wandsworth.

It will be interesting as further stool and product samples are tested whether any additional Salmonella strains (other than Wandsworth) are found in either samples – product or human, say, like Salmonella Typhimurium?

The genus Salmonella contains over 2,000 sero-species. Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium is the among the most common Salmonella serovars (unlike Salmonella Wandsworth) causing Salmonellosis infections in the US. In humans, Salmonellosis causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection and may last for up to 7 days. Some cases result in hospitalization. Salmonella is readily transmitted through the faeces of people or animals. The incidence of non-typhoid salmonellosis (which is caused by Salmonella enterica typhi) is increasing worldwide, causing millions of infections and many deaths in the human population each year.