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A salmonella outbreak across 15 states has left investigators confused

Published Jul 23rd, 2020 4:09PM EDT
Salmonella Outbreak
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  • The CDC is investigating a salmonella outbreak currently impacting 15 states.
  • The first salmonella infection was reported in July and has since seen 125 people fall ill.
  • The CDC has yet to trace back the source of infection to a specific food, grocery store, or restaurant chain.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week announced a new investigation into a potential salmonella outbreak across a number of states. The CDC notes that the first outbreak occurred two weeks ago and involved 13 reported cases of individuals falling ill. Since then, the outbreak has seen 125 people fall ill and 24 people who require hospitalization. It’s worth noting that no deaths have been reported. As it stands now, potential salmonella infections have been reported in as many as 15 states.

The CDC investigation remains ongoing and it currently remains unclear what the source of the infection is. While salmonella outbreaks can typically be traced back to a specific food, restaurant, or grocery store, the CDC investigation thus far hasn’t yielded concrete evidence in any one direction. In the interim, the CDC is still actively interviewing individuals who fell ill in an effort to identify the source of exposure.

Geographically speaking, the infections are popping up all across the country. To date, the CDC has confirmed salmonella infections in California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The states hit hardest thus far include Oregon which has seen 42 infections, Utah which has seen 28 infections, and Michigan which has seen 12 infections.

A list of salmonella symptoms to be cognizant of include the following, per the CDC:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

If you think you might have any of the above symptoms, the CDC advises individuals to take the following steps:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to the health department.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.

Again, the CDC at this time isn’t advising folks to avoid any particular type of food. And while the current outbreak doesn’t appear to be aggressively spreading far and wide just yet, people in states like Oregon should pay particularly close attention to any symptoms that might be associated with a salmonella infection.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.

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