Health officials in the Bio Bio Region of Chile are reporting a large outbreak of Salmonella that has affected scores of people, according to local media (computer translated). The outbreak has been linked to homemade mayonnaise from the local “Dulce y Salado” in the city of Lota.
The Seremi de Salud Bío Bío confirmed 174 cases of salmonella making it the largest outbreak of the last 4 years nationwide and the largest recorded in the Bío Bío Region.
The outbreak has affected people ages 1 to 91 and 25 people required hospitalization for their illness.
Health officials are investigating whether raw egg was the source of the salmonella and the strain is being identified. In addition, since the local “Dulce y Salado” was closed last week, they don’t expect any significant rise in cases.
Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, and fever. Symptoms usually begin between 12 to 36 hours after exposure, but they may begin as early as six hours or as late as 72 hours after exposure. Symptoms can be mild or severe and commonly last for two to seven days. Salmonella can infect anyone, but young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are the most likely to have severe infections .
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