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Volume 10, Number 12—December 2004

Dispatch

Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Associated with Veterinary Clinic

Bryan Cherry*Comments to Author , Amy Burns*, Geraldine S. Johnson*, Heidi Pfeiffer*, Nellie Dumas*, Donna Barrett†, Patrick L. McDonough‡, and Millicent Eidson*
Author affiliations: *New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York, USA; †Madison County Department of Health, Wampsville, New York, USA; ‡Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, New York, USA

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Human and animal Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium cases associated with a veterinary clinic, New York, 2003

Case Age, sex/species Possible exposures Clinic date(s)a Estimated onset date Statusb
Patient 1 31, F Clinic technician 8/6 Confirmed
Patient 2 27, F Clinic technician 7/22 Confirmed
Patient 3 64, F Owner of pet A 8/22 Confirmed
Patient 4 2, F Owner of pet B 8/1 Confirmed
Patient 5 93, F Owner of pet C 8/1 Confirmed
Patient 6 2, M Neighbor owns pet D 7/26 Confirmed
Patient 7 44, F Unknown 9/14 Confirmed
Pet A Cat Dental work by patient 1 7/15–7/16, 7/23–7/25, 8/1 7/18 Suspected
Pet B Cat Dental work by patient 1 7/22–7/23, 7/27, 8/4 7/27 Confirmed
Pet C Dog Dental work by patient 1 7/22–7/23 7/24 Suspected
Pet D Dog In clinic for vomiting/diarrhea 7/14–7/15, 7/16–7/21 7/14 Suspected

aDates when each animal was at clinic X.
bConfirmed, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis match on stool culture; suspected, clinical signs of enteritis or gastroenteritis, stool culture negative.

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