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Update on salmonella cases by state

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -- Federal and state agencies are tracking reported cases of Salmonella enteritidis, which has been linked to the current egg recall. Here's the latest information from some state health departments, as reported Tuesday:


The state has seen a twofold increase in salmonella reports, with an uptick beginning in June, said Dr. Joli Weiss, foodborne disease epidemiologist for the state Department of Health Services. The state has seen 51 cases this year; normally it has reports of one to three a month, she said.


"There are no cases so far that we can confirm that are related to the recall," said Ed Barham of the Arkansas Department of Health.

There are cases the state is looking into, however. Barham said they're trying to get confirmation, but as of now there is no conclusive evidence.

The current cases of salmonella are geographically spread out, Barham said.


"We have several hundred cases confirmed in California," Michael Sicilia of the California Department of Public Health told CNN on Tuesday. "This is the most common type of salmonella, and we can't confirm if they are all related to eggs.

"There are probably more, but we haven't heard from those people yet," he said.

The outbreaks in California are particularly clustered in Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, Sicilia said.


The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued this in a statement:

"Colorado epidemiologists noted that over the past two months there has been an increase in reported cases of this strain of Salmonella enteritidis. Historically, an average of seven cases of this strain are reported in Colorado during the months of June and July. However, in 2010, a total of 28 cases were reported in June and July. Some of this increase likely is linked to this egg recall and includes cases from a recent outbreak involving The Fort restaurant in Jefferson County."


"We haven't experienced any illnesses related to the egg recall at this time," said Ravae Graham of the Georgia Department of Community Health. "But we are continuing to monitor our salmonella surveillance system."

Graham said Georgia usually experiences a seasonal increase in this particular salmonella pattern, and the department hasn't seen anything out of the ordinary compared with last year. There are about 2,000 cases of salmonella reported annually in Georgia, with Salmonella enteritidis being the most common.


"We do not have any cases linked to the recall of the eggs at this time," said Melanie Arnold of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

However, Illinois did experience an outbreak in salmonella that was not associated with the egg recall earlier in the year, making their numbers higher than normal, Arnold said.


"So far this year we've had 86 cases of salmonella enteritidis in Iowa," said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk from the Iowa Department of Health. However, none of those illnesses can be attributed to the egg recall at this time.

Last year, the state had a total of 86 cases, but Quinlisk said the department does not know what is behind the growth in numbers. The department investigates all cases of salmonella that are reported.

"We've seen no particular clusters, or outbreaks, or even individual cases that we can link back to any of the recalled eggs," Quinlisk said.


The state's number of infected people in relation to the egg recall has jumped to 14, after seven more were identified over the weekend, according to the Minnesota Department of Health's website.

"The additional Salmonella Enteriditis cases were identified as part of a restaurant outbreak in Bemidji, Minnesota, in May," according to the website.

The eggs were traced back to Hillandale Farms in Iowa.


"We have not had any confirmed cases linked to the tainted eggs in Missouri at this point," said Kit Wagar of the Missouri Department of Health.

The department is investigating a few cases of salmonella, but this is not out of the ordinary, Wagar said. The state has between 700 and 800 cases of salmonella reported each year, so the department does investigations all of the time.

"We have no reason to think at this point that any of the cases we're looking at are linked to eggs," he said.


The state has eight confirmed salmonella cases, which isn't out of the ordinary, said Marla Augustine from the Nebraska Department of Health.

Nebraska generally sees between 200 and 250 cases of salmonella in a year. These current cases are dispersed throughout the state with no clustering, Augustine said.


In southern Nevada, 30 salmonella cases have been reported since January, four times the usual number, according to CNN affiliate KLAS-TV. It's unclear whether they're linked to the egg recall. But several restaurants told 8 News NOW that they will serve only pasteurized eggs, which come mixed in a carton, not a shell.


The state has not seen any cases of illness related to the egg recall, said Pamela Williams of the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

As of Friday the state was investigating two cases, but found that neither was related to the recent salmonella outbreak in eggs.


While none has yet been directly linked to the egg recall, Texas has seen 165 illnesses as a result of salmonella since mid-May, said Christine Mann of the Texas Department of State Health.

The illnesses have been reported in 41 different counties, so there's not one concentration that the department has seen, Mann said.

"It is a significant increase over the past five years," she said. "Some may be related to the egg recall, but at this time we have no definitive link."

The department is investigating some restaurant clusters, but that still wouldn't account for all of the cases, Mann said.

The investigations are ongoing, with no estimation for when they will be completed.


The state has seen a slightly above average amount of cases of salmonella this year, but none can be linked back to the egg recall, said Julia Hall of the Utah Department of Health.

"We still don't have confirmation that any of the eggs entered into Utah," Hall said. The FDA has record of one shipment of the affected eggs that was delivered to Utah, but there is no record that the company received the shipment. Whether the eggs actually entered into the state is still under investigation.

Many salmonella cases are located along the Wasatch front, but Hall attributes this simply to the high population in that area.


While the Washington Department of Health is investigating salmonella cases, none are suspected to be related to the egg recall, said spokesman Donn Moyer.

It's been an average year so far with no noticeable uptick in cases, he said.

"We have 800 cases a year in Washington, so we're always investigating," Moyer said. "As of now, none are pointing in that direction."

The department will continue its investigations.


The state has 21 confirmed cases of salmonella in connection with the egg recall and is investigating one more probable case, said Beth Kaplan from the Wisconsin Department of Health.

The 21 confirmed cases were from the Kenosha area of Wisconsin, all in connection with a restaurant. Everyone infected at the restaurant had either ingested eggs or something else that could have been cross-contaminated, Kaplan said.

"At least compared with last year, we're ahead with this year's total," Kaplan said, noting that there were 135 cases of salmonella last year, compared with 168 cases this year already.

Kaplan said that some of the cases currently being investigated around the state probably don't have anything to do with the recall, but the investigations are still being conducted with an eye toward possible connections.