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Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Being Tracked in 15 States

Mysterious Salmonella Outbreak Being Tracked in 15 States”

Although other food-borne illnesses have been traced back to specific products recently, this one is not tied to any specific food, grocery store, or restaurant, the CDC says. It's worth noting that no deaths have been reported.

OR has had the most cases of salmonella, with 51 infections, with Utah following close behind with 40 reported cases. And while the Current outbreak doesn't seem to be aggressively spreading far and wide just Yet, people in states like OR should pay especially close attention to Any symptoms that might be associated with a salmonella infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment, but some cases require hospitalization. Health officials are interviewing and asking those who have become ill about the foods they ate.

Salmonella bacteria are found naturally in the intestines of animals, reptiles and birds. The CDC confirmed that illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported - which is an average of 2 to 4 weeks.

To prevent Salmonella infection, the CDC advises washing hands and cleaning fruits and vegetables before consumption. It is possible for some people to be infected with the bacteria and to not get sick or show any symptoms, but to still be able to spread the infection to others. The agency also recommends refrigerating perishable foods.

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The most common symptoms of salmonella infection are diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, which can begin between six hours and six days after exposure.

Use one cutting board for produce, and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood.

Cook the foods you will prepare to a temperature high enough to kill germs. People who experience symptoms, or who have underlying medical conditions, should contact their health care provider if they suspect they have a Salmonella infection. The food safety system being used is called Pulsenet, a traceback network utilizing whole genome sequencing (WGS) to test whether different food poisoning cases are related and discover the source of an outbreak.

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