Salmonella Outbreak Detected in 25 Different States

Salmonella Outbreak Detected in 25 Different States

( – As COVID-19 makes its way through more and more communities, more common viruses and bacterial infections continue to spread. The CDC declared that the US is experiencing an outbreak of Salmonella, a bacterial disease affecting the stomach and intestines.

On Friday, September 17, the CDC warned Americans of a “fast-growing” outbreak of this foodborne illness:

The latest numbers show only 279 people have fallen ill from the infection, with 26 needing hospitalization. So thankfully, this outbreak has not killed anyone yet, although the CDC estimates that Salmonella kills around 420 Americans every year.

The CDC urges Americans to contact their medical provider if they begin experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, or dehydration. In addition, steps to prevent contracting this infection include:

  • Properly washing before food eating
  • Separate raw meat from other foods
  • Refrigerate food promptly
  • Cook food, especially meat, thoroughly

The CDC has not identified the cause of this outbreak, although they are commonly linked to items like lettuce and meat. Less common items like cashews and peaches have also caused this type of food poisoning. Thankfully, most Americans can avoid this unfavorable illness while still enjoying a wide range of food options with proper food preparation.

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