Foodborne Illness Breaks Out in US

Foodborne Illness Breaks Out in US

( – The COVID-19 virus and the rising delta variant aren’t the only health emergencies wreaking havoc on the American public these days. On September 17, the CDC issued an investigative notice regarding a multistate Salmonella outbreak from unknown food sources.

As of the latest update on September 23, the CDC notice reports that 284 individuals contracted Salmonella infections across 29 states. Texas has reported the most cases with 81, followed by Oklahoma with 40 infected individuals. Illinois and Virginia have also reported more than 20 cases so far. A total of 26 individuals required hospitalization, although the CDC hasn’t reported any deaths.

Salmonella is a kind of bacteria found in various food sources, including meat and vegetables. Common symptoms of infection include fever, stomach cramping, and diarrhea that typically begin between six hours and six days from exposure to infected food and last about four to seven days.

Most people recover on their own from a Salmonella infection. The CDC advises against taking any antibiotics. In some instances, people require hospitalization, as demonstrated by the current outbreak.

The CDC recommends you contact a healthcare provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea accompanied by a fever of 102F or higher;
  • Bloody diarrhea or diarrhea lasting more than three days not showing any signs of waning;
  • Indications of dehydration, including dry mouth and throat, feeling dizzy when standing, and nominal urine elimination.

You can go to the CDC website for additional information on Salmonella infection and how to avoid it.

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