Of the nearly 400 people sickened across the country in a salmonella outbreak whose origins are still a mystery, about a dozen live in Pennsylvania, and one comes from Butler County in Western Pennsylvania. Other Pennsylvania counties reporting cases are: Bucks, Chester, Clinton, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery and Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania victims range in age from 3 to 73 years old. Most of the infections in the state were confirmed in mid- to late fall, with the latest confirmed Dec. 15, 2008. Nationally, patients have ranged in age from younger than 1 year old to 103 years old. 18 percent of the 372 people who provided data were hospitalized. This salmonella outbreaks involves the salmonella strain called Salmonella typhimurium. It is the same type of salmonella that in 2007 sickened 401 people in 41 states. That outbreak was traced to undercooked not-ready-to-eat Banquet brand frozen pot pies.
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