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The number of salmonella cases in eastern Nebraska initially detected last week has increased, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

So far, there are 98 lab-confirmed cases, with 6 considered probable.

The outbreak preliminarily has been linked to a source - alfalfa sprouts from a local grower, CW Sprouts from Omaha.

Cases (updated 11:30 a.m. 4/6/09)
Confirmed Probable
County Number County Number
Adams 3 Adams 0
Buffalo 12 Buffalo 1
Cass 1 Cass 0
Custer 1 Custer 0
Douglas 32 Douglas 1
Hall 1 Hall 0
Lancaster 28 Lancaster 4
Lincoln 3 Lincoln 0
Platte 1 Platte 0
Sarpy 14 Sarpy 0
Saunders 1 Saunders 0
Washington 1 Washington 0

Total

98

Total

6

News Releases

Audio

MP3 Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer

  1. Should people be concerned about sprouts?  (3-3-09)
  2. What is the conclusion of the investigation? (3-3-09)
  3. Has the grower been cooperative? (3-3-09)
  4. What has public health done as part of the investigation? (3-3-09)
  5. What does the data show? (3-3-09)

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Information for Health Care Providers

Request for Samples 

(updated Friday, February 27th, 2009)

DHHS has been working to determine the source of salmonella cases in Nebraska.

As of Friday, February 27, 2009, 14 cases had been confirmed, with the majority in DouglasCounty.  The cases were reported in early February.

According to Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer, the cases have the same kind of bacteria and may come from the same or similar source.

She said the strain of salmonella in these cases does not match the strain that, earlier this year, was traced to peanut butter and peanut paste.

Download the Nebraska Public Health Lab Requisition Form

Providers should Follow these Important Instructions:

  1. Be sure to list Dr. Tom Safranek as the ordering MD.
  2. Have the patient fill out all of the fields as much as they can.

Omaha Drop Off Locations for Epi Samples

West Omaha Location:
Clarkson West Medical Center Laboratory
2727 S 144th (Oakview Mall)

Park in front of Clarkson West  and enter main door. The lab is located toward the back on the entry level.  Leave sample at the lab desk.

Downtown Omaha Location:
The Nebraska Medical Center:
Clarkson Hospital
42nd and Dewey Street

Park in front of the Clarkson Tower and enter the main door.  Turn Right after gift shop and take elevators on Left to level 3.  Leave sample at the lab window.