Massive Salmonella Outbreak Spans 42 US States
A salmonella bacteria outbreak has sickened 388 people across 42 US states over the last 3 months, and health authorities have been yet unable to determine the cause or source of the food poisoning.
The outbreak has affected people in 42 states, said David Daigle, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, in a telephone interview today. The agency is working with state health authorities, the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to identify the source and track the outbreak.
Salmonella causes diarrhea, cramps, fever and vomiting within 72 hours of infection. Some cases are so severe that they require hospitalization, and can be life-threatening to those with weakened immune systems.
In this particular outbreak, the CDC suspects that it stems from a singular source, as the salmonella bacteria in every single reported case shares an identical DNA fingerprint. Investigators are still scrambling to determine the source of this large outbreak, but due to the geographical range it likely spread from a widely distributed food item.