Salmonella Outbreak Grows As New Cases Appear

Salmonella Outbreak Grows As New Cases Appear

In the most recently disclosed case, the CDC and Prevention have found at least 279 people infected with salmonella, the oranienburg strain, leading to 26 hospitalizations as of September 23. The Agency stated a week before that 127 persons in 25 states had been confirmed with salmonella infection in a September 17 notification. The potentially dangerous germs were not connected to fatalities. The pandemic expanded across 29 countries, most of them in Texas (81), Oklahoma (40), Illinois (23), and Virginia (22).

Salmonella was also detected in states such as Nebraska, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Missouri, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Arkansas, California, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Utah, Oregon, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Medical experts have yet to establish the specific source of these diseases and are still interviewing patients in advance of their initial symptoms regarding the food they consumed. Nevertheless, based to their last investigative update, they seem to be narrowing down on a probable source. A sample collected from the takeaway condiment cup comprising cilantro and lime was revealed to have the strain of salmonella. The ill man stated that the condiment box included onions, but when tested nothing else was left in the container.

What is salmonella?

Salmonella is an infection sometimes caused by eating contaminated food. The bacteria are carried in the intestines of infected animals. Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

Usually, salmonella causes only mild symptoms, but some people can suffer severe illnesses. In rare cases, infection with salmonella can lead to death. Salmonella bacteria can be transmitted from animal to human by eating meat, eggs, or dairy products contaminated with salmonella or by touching animals that have infected manure.

To reduce the risk of contracting salmonella, always wash your hands after handling food, and wash all fruits and vegetables before eating. Never eat raw or undercooked eggs. Wash undercooked poultry, beef, pork, and lamb thoroughly before eating.

Also, don’t eat raw cookie dough, cake batter or batter of any kind, or foods that may have been cross-contaminated, such as sprouts. You can also protect yourself and your family by cooking all meats and eggs thoroughly and keeping them refrigerated until you are ready to eat them.

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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