Washington – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of “rapidly growing” salmonella outbreaks in at least 29 states linked to an unknown food source.
Agency Shared a notice on 23 September 279 people have been identified with the strain of Salmonella oranienburg, while on September 2 only 20 of the reported infections have reported no deaths, but 26 people have been hospitalised.
The disease was first reported on August 3, the CDC said – noting that investigations have not yet identified a specific food linked to the outbreak.
State and local officials have collected food items from some restaurants where sick people ate, saying the salmonella oranienburg strain was taken from a takeout condiment cup that contained cilantro and lime.
“The sick person reported that the spice container also contained onions, but when it was tested there was none left in the cup,” the CDC said. “Since multiple food items were present in the container and in the sample tested, it is not possible to know which food item was contaminated.”
“We are using this information in conjunction with other available information to help narrow down the list of foods potentially associated with disease,” the agency said.
FILE – Salmonella bacteria, a common cause of foodborne illness, pictured invading an immune cell. (Photo Credits: Image Point FR/NIH/NIAID/BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Current CDC data suggests most diseases Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Illinois, Minnesota and Massachusetts have been reported, although outbreaks have been reported in several states.
But the agency said the figures are likely to be low because many recover without treatment and are not tested for salmonella infection. In addition, recent illnesses have not yet been reported because it usually takes three to four weeks to determine whether a sick person is part of an outbreak, according to the CDC.
Most people infected with salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Officials say symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after ingesting the bacteria. Most recover without treatment after four to seven days.
Some people, especially children under the age of 5, adults 65 years of age and older, and people with weakened immune systems, may experience more serious illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization. Is.
There are other current salmonella outbreaks that the CDC is following, including An Italian-style deli infused with meats. The outbreak has been reported in 17 states and Fratelli was attached to the Beretta brand, pre-packaged with unwrapped antipasto trays With “best buy” dates on or before February 11, 2022, the agency said.
This story was reported from Cincinnati.