Minnesota Department of Health News Release: Investigation of Salmonella Cases Linked to Nekter Juice Bar in Woodbury
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently issued a news release stating that health officials are looking into a series of Salmonella cases that are linked to Nekter Juice Bar in Woodbury, MN. As of October 9, 2020, there have been nine reported cases of Salmonellosis associated with this outbreak. According to the MDH, each of these nine cases have become ill from Paratyphi B infections, which is a particular variant of Salmonella. These victims became ill between the dates of August 27th and September 21st. While the victims were diagnosed with one variant of Salmonella, they had consumed a variety of different items on the Nekter Juice Bar menu. Two of these victims were hospitalized; however, all of the victims are recovering from the infection.
The most common symptoms of a Salmonella infection may include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and fever. A headache, nausea, or vomiting may also accompany this infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of Salmonella infection can start anywhere from 6 hours to 6 days after infection, and last as short as four days, or as long as seven days. The MDH states that victims may not experience symptoms of Salmonella for as long as two weeks following exposure. Customers who visited Nekter Juice Bar not long ago, may not yet be showing signs of the infection.
Customers who consumed items from Nekter Juice Bar, and who are experiencing extreme symptoms of Salmonella infection should seek medical help and report this outbreak to their medical provider. The CDC recommends seeking medical help when victims of Salmonella infection experience diarrhea and a fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit, diarrhea for more than three days – unimproved, bloody stools, prolonged vomiting, or dehydration. It is likely that many other cases have occurred, unreported, associated with this outbreak since many Salmonella cases clear up on their own.
The Food Poisoning Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates state that, “The majority of the human infections stem from the presence of feces in the food – the questions are, how did the contamination originally occur? and how is it being spread?” The MDH and Washington County Public Health and Environment are investigating the particular food source causing this outbreak. Nekter Juice Bar has sanitized and replenished their ingredients.