The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened people in 25 states. The problem: they haven’t been able to identify the food source.
On Friday, the CDC said 127 people have fallen ill with 18 of those being hospitalized.
“The true number of sick people in an outbreak is likely much higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be limited to the state with known illness,” said the CDC in a statement. “This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella. In addition, recent illnesses may not be reported as it usually takes 3-4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.”
Texas is included in the 25 states affected with the most cases (45) followed by Minnesota (13) and Virginia (9).
State and local public health officials are interviewing people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick.
Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever, according to the CDC. Symptoms usually form within six hours of swallowing the bacteria and most people recover in 4-7 days without treatment.
For more information, click here