Salmonella outbreak hits Texas hardest with 81 reported illnesses
An ongoing salmonella outbreak from an unknown food source has spread to 29 states, federal health officials have warned.
According to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was released on September 23, the outbreak has infected nearly 280 people and hospitalized more than two dozen.
Still, according to the CDC, there have been no deaths linked to the “rapidly growing outbreak.”
The agency created a map showing where people affected by the salmonella outbreak live.
By far, Texas has the most reported illnesses — 81 — followed by Illinois and Virginia, which have reported 23 and 22 cases, respectively.
Minnesota, with 19 illnesses, and Massachusetts, with 10, round out the top five states with the most reported cases.
However, the agency cautioned that the map may not represent all cases “because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for salmonella.”
The CDC said officials in several states are collecting data as part of a multistate investigation into outbreaks of Salmonella oranienburg infections.
The agency said officials have collected and tested food items from “restaurants where sick people ate” but have not yet identified “food associated with illness.”
In its latest update, the CDC said a strain of Salmonella oranienburg was found in a takeout condiment cup containing cilantro and lime—though the container contained onions at one point, making it difficult to identify the source.
“Since multiple food items were present in the container and the sample tested, it is not possible to know which food item was contaminated,” the CDC said.
Officials are using the information “in conjunction with other available information” to help narrow down the list of possible food items associated with the disease.
According to the CDC, each year potentially harmful bacteria cause approximately 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths across the United States.
Most people who become infected with the bacteria have diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps, with symptoms lasting up to seven days.
However, in some cases, “people’s illness may be so severe that they require hospitalization,” the CDC said.