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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice last week advising travelers to Mexico concerning a strain of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Newport.

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According to federal health authorities, some travelers who have spent time in Mexico have been infected with multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella Newport, infections that are difficult to treat with antibiotics.

Many travelers with MDR Salmonella Newport infections reported eating beef, cheese (including queso fresco and Oaxaca), beef jerky, or dried beef (carne seca) before they got sick.

CDC says travelers can prevent Salmonella infection by following safe eating, drinking, cooking, and food handling habits while traveling.

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In addition, they advise:

  • Be aware that beef jerky and other dried beef products can cause illness if not prepared safely. If you don’t know whether beef jerky was prepared safely, consider not eating it.
  • Handle and cook beef safely when preparing it at home.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, before and after touching food, and after using the toilet.
  • Travelers who feel very ill or have severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.