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15 Jun 2019 | 05:35 PM UTC

US: Salmonella outbreak reported in 41 states as of mid-June

United States of America News Alert

Health authorities report salmonella outbreak in 41 states; at least 279 people infected as of mid-June

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/15/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/6/2019, 11:59 PM (US/Eastern). COUNTRY/REGION United States

Event

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.

Context

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.

Advice

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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