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Salmonella outbreak in California linked to mangoes

August 29, 2012 |  8:03 am

 

Recent cases of salmonella infection in California are part of a cluster of cases in several states and Canada that appear to be linked to tainted mangoes, health officials say.

At least 73 Californians have been sickened in recent weeks by salmonella Braenderup, according to the California Department of Public Health.

The source of the problematic fruit and specific brands have not yet been identified. But the cases here do involve the same bacterial strain as in a recent outbreak in Canada, a state health department spokesman said.

In those cases, Canadian authorities have warned people not to eat Daniella brand mangoes, which are grown in Mexico. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said several people became ill after eating the fruit.

California Department of Public Health spokesman Matt Conens said about two-thirds of the state's 73 confirmed cases reported eating mangoes. No other information about the patients, including their ages and the severity of their illnesses, was immediately available.

A spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said several other states have also recently reported cases of salmonella Braenderup and said preliminary information indicates that mangoes are the likely source of the illnesses. She said the agency is working with state health departments to investigate the outbreak.

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-- Rebecca Trounson 

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