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Deschutes County reports 3 salmonella cases tied to onions, national outbreak

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Deschutes County has had three cases of salmonella tied to the recent nationwide onion recall by Thompson International Onions out of Bakersfield, Calif.  

The state of Oregon has the highest number of cases in the country related to the outbreak, as the Oregon Health Authority last week reported 76 cases statewide tied to the company's red onions.

The recall, which now includes all onions under the Thompson Brand, comes after reports of illnesses due to salmonella across all 50 states and Canada.  

Eric Mone, a health supervisor with Deschutes County Environmental Health, said Monday there could be more local illnesses, as there were a total of 12 salmonella cases in the county in July. 

Mone said it's unclear at this time if they're from the same strain caused by the onions. However, he said the numbers are alarming. 

"Over the past six years in Deschutes County, we've averaged 21 salmonella cases per year," he said. "So far this year, we have 20 already." 

Mone said the agency hasn’t tracked the local cases to a specific location. 

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  1. California continues to be a boil on the American bum !

    “The state of Oregon has the highest number of cases in the country related to the outbreak”

    Kate Brown’s good friends in California couldn’t care less about the kinds of viruses (Prineville Death was related to a trip to Ca) and bacterial outbreaks they export to Oregon- Salmonella can definitely kill children and elderly people.

    Why does Brown allow this assault on Oregonians ???

    1. Mone said it’s unclear at this time if they’re from the same strain caused by the onions. However, he said the numbers are alarming.

      jumping to conclusions much?

      1. What erroneous conclusion have I jumped to ? The facts are clear- this salmonella is “tied to Thompson” onions. The OHA has verified…

        “Oregon Health Authority last week reported 76 cases statewide tied to the company’s red onions.”

        So again- what are you babbling about ?

    2. Haha!

      I went to the lake and got sunburned, Oregon sunburn cases are on the rise! Failed governor Kate Brown couldn’t care less about this outbreak!

      Why does Brown allow this assault on Oregonians from the sun???

      1. So just how much interstate commerce are we doing with the sun these days ?

        Farming and transporting onions involves various inspections and approvals from various state agencies- the day you create one to over-see the Sun- let us all know !

        Until then- your silly attempts at an analogy here are completely ineffective.

  2. It must be difficult being you, having so much hate for a person who lives in your head like Kate does. I have to admit, your spins to make every bad thing that happens in Oregon Kate’s fault are sometimes, not often, quite creative. However, this time your Wicked Witch of the West is more of a fairy tale than ever. Whether salmonella or coronavirus, Kate has no more control over where they go or who gets infected than you do. All she can do is use her office to respond to the threat once discovered.

    1. So who operates under the guidance and direction of Governor ??? The OHA does !

      “The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is a government agency in the U.S. state of Oregon. It was established by the passage of Oregon House Bill 2009 by the 75th Oregon Legislative Assembly, and split off from Oregon Department of Human Services, OHA oversees most of Oregon’s health-related programs including behavioral health (addictions and mental health), public health, Oregon State Hospital for individuals requiring secure residential psychiatric care, and the state’s Medicaid program called the Oregon Health Plan. Its policy work is overseen by the nine member Oregon Health Policy Board.”

      “The Health Authority director is Patrick Allen. Its first director was Bruce Goldberg, M.D., former director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.”

      The mission of the Oregon Health Authority is helping people and communities achieve optimum physical, mental and social well-being through partnerships, prevention and access to quality, affordable health care.”

      Gee- hope that helps !

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