May 15, 2018
Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Many

Nearly three dozen people in nine states have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of more than 200 million eggs.

Nearly three dozen people in nine states have now been sickened by a salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of more than 200 million eggs last month.

The outbreak has been traced to a single facility in Hyde County, North Carolina, belonging to Indiana-based egg producer Rose Acre Farms. In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced 23 people had been sickened by it; in recent weeks, that number jumped to 35, the CDC said.

There have been eight reported salmonella cases in New York.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked the outbreak to eggs from Rose Acre Farms and its production facility in Hyde County, North Carolina, which led to a voluntary recall of 206 million eggs.

The eggs are sold under different brands in a variety of retailers and restaurants, including Walmart, Publix and Waffle House.

The FDA has said the eggs could be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, a potentially severe and fatal strain of the bacteria, particularly for young children, older adults and those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of salmonella food poisoning include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Typically, healthy adults can recover in less than a week, but the infection can be fatal for young children, older people, and others with weakened immune systems.

People should not eat any shell eggs from the lots on the list, the FDA said. If consumers have any of the listed products, they should throw them in the garbage or return them to the place of purchase for credit or refund.


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