Published: Mon, November 04, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

CDC: Oklahoma Included in Multi-state Salmonella Outbreak

CDC: Oklahoma Included in Multi-state Salmonella Outbreak

A multistate outbreak of salmonella linked to ground beef has caused one death in California and eight hospitalizations, US health officials said on Friday. Typically, Salmonella Dublin illnesses are more severe because they can result in bloodstream infections.

There are 10 known people from six states who have been infected and the illnesses in this outbreak are more severe than expected from typical Salmonella infections, in which only 25% usually required some type of hospitalization, according to the CDC.

Onset of illness dates range from August 8, 2019 to September 22, 2019.

Most people infected with Salmonella experience symptoms like diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.

A notice issued by the CDC said that regulatory officials in several states as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating the multistate Salmonella outbreak. The cases include eight hospitalizations and one death in California. WGS showed that the Salmonella strain from these samples was closely related genetically to the Salmonella from ill people.

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So far, infections have been reported in Colorado (3 cases), California (2 cases), Kansas (2 cases), Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas, the agency noted.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed the infection of 10 individuals across the country with Salmonella Dublin. In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Any individual who touches raw floor beef really should clean their arms with soap and h2o for at least 20 seconds as perfectly as clean something else that touched the ground beef with very hot h2o and soap.

The CDC does, however, note that it is not recommending consumers avoid any and all ground beef.

"This outbreak is a reminder that uncooked and undercooked floor beef can have germs in it that can make you unwell and can contaminate regions where food is organized", the CDC explained.

The CDC will update the public with more information on the outbreak as soon as it becomes available.

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