Salmonella Egg Outbreak Spans Several States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the salmonella egg outbreak has now spanned to several states. Illnesses began in November 2017 and are still causing people to be hospitalized with serious health problems. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers have purchased the contaminated eggs. In some cases, diarrhea associated with salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention. Life-threatening complications are possible if salmonella spreads.
Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. The bacteria usually live in animal and human intestines and is shed through feces. Consuming contaminated water or food spreads the infection to humans. Symptoms last two to seven days. Diarrhea may last up to 10 days, however, it may take several months before bowels return to normal. Salmonella can develop into typhoid fever. This is a deadly disease. About 300 people get typhoid fever in the United States each year. About 22 million cases of typhoid fever and 200,000 related deaths occur worldwide each year.
Salmonella Egg Outbreak
On April 13, Rose Acre Farms recalled over 206 million eggs that were sold in many states under different brand names. There are 35 people with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup. No deaths have been reported. More than a third of the victims have had such severe symptoms that they were admitted to hospitals.