Salmonella Outbreak in America, Strikes Many States

A Salmonella Outbreak in America strikes many States causing illnesses in more than 160 people and also one death in California. Illnesses from the multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections started about a year ago, raising concerns among citizens.

As per an investigative report of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published on 8th November 2018, the outbreak strain of Salmonella infected 164 people in 35 states. While 63 people ended up in hospital, one person also died in California.

What is Salmonella Infection

Salmonella bacteria causes a common Infectious disease (salmonellosis) that typically affects the intestinal tract in humans and animals. The infection spreads to humans mostly through contaminated food or water. In general, people with Salmonella infection do not show any symptoms. But others develop fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps within 8-72 hours after the germ-bacteria is swallowed.

Fit and healthy people recover from Salmonella infection within few days, without any specific treatment. But in some cases, diarrhea can be severe and the diseased needs medical treatment. Life-threatening complications may also develop if the Salmonella infection spreads beyond intestines. Remember, people who travel to places with poor sanitation are prone to the infection.

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Salmonella Outbreak in America Linked to Raw Turkey Products

Investigations revealed the Salmonella outbreak in America occurs through raw Turkey products. CDC warned consumers the infection is coming from a variety of sources contaminated with the strain of Salmonella bacteria. CDC suggested the Salmonella reading is also present in live turkeys, indicating it might be widespread in the turkey industry. Even in Durban City of South Africa, Salmonella poisoning hospitalized 20 people. The source of Salmonella bacteria there was from a restaurant, originating from a sauce made of raw eggs.

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CDC Advice to Consumers

After the Salmonella outbreak in America, CDC advised consumers to handle raw turkey carefully, in hygienic ways. It suggested people to thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water changed every 30 minutes, or in a Microwave. Consumers are cautioned never to thaw their turkeys by leaving them out on the counter. Moreover, it’s also important to cook turkey thoroughly to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit – to kill harmful germs. Lastly, CDC also recommended not to feed raw diets to pets.

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