According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 279 people have been infected with salmonella as of mid-June after outbreaks were reported in 41 states. No hospitalizations or deaths have been reported. Further spread of the disease is likely in the coming weeks.
Salmonella poisoning is generally caused by the ingestion of large quantities of Salmonella bongori or Salmonella enterica bacteria, most commonly found in eggs, meat, and poultry, but also potentially present in fresh fruits and vegetables. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, fever, and headache; the illness generally resolves itself without treatment after four to seven days. However, more severe cases can be fatal and require hospitalization and antibiotic treatment.
Individuals in affected areas should ensure potentially contaminated products are not subject to recall. More generally, individuals are advised to exercise extra caution and to ensure both poultry and eggs are cooked thoroughly before eating. Wash hands as well as kitchen utensils and surfaces after they have been in contact with poultry products.
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