Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Salmonella Outbreak Sickens More than 180

An innocent chili cook-off at the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company has been linked to at least 180 Salmonella Javiana illnesses, following identification of the pathogen by the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.  The fire located in in Chincoteague, Virginia, as are many of the victims – but there are also victims from 9 other states, speaking to the reach of the event.  According to local reports, the source of the Salmonella Javiana is believed to be Crab Shack Clam chowder. The chili was served to hundreds on September 30, 2017.

The Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services was first notified of human illnesses after healthcare workers sent stool specimens from victims. Thereafter, the investigation led to collection of food samples.  There were myriad food vendors at the event, making it difficult to collect all the food.  Eventually, a positive test for Salmonella Javiana resulted from testing of the Crab Shack Clam chowder served by one of the vendors.

Victims in the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Salmonella Outbreak:

  • Approximately 50% of the victims sought medical treatment
  • Approximately 20% were seen in the Emergency Room
  • Approximately 10% were hospitalized
  • No fatalities have yet been identified

Due to the number of individuals who attended and consumed food at the event, the local health agency posted an online survey to assist in tracking the source.  At least 500 responses helped investigators to narrow the scope of the investigation.

For more information about the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Salmonella Outbreak, or to speak to a Salmonella Lawyer, call 1-888-335-4901.