By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported five people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Duisburg, a rare Salmonella serotype, from three states–Florida, California and Tennessee. Two people were hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
Interviews with ill people and traceback information suggest that Jule’s cashew brie, a vegan, or plant-based cheese alternative, is the likely source of this outbreak.
On April 22, Jule’s Foods recalled all their products. This includes: Jule’s cashew brie (classic), Jule’s truffle cashew brie, Jule’s black garlic cashew brie, Jule’s artichoke spinach dip, and Jule’s vegan ranch dressing. All expiration dates were recalled.
On April 22, California officials found Salmonella in samples of all varieties of Jule’s cashew brie collected from grocery stores. Investigators are working to confirm if the Salmonella bacteria found in these products is the same bacteria making people sick in this outbreak.
The FDA recommends consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled Jule’s Foods products. Consumers should throw away recalled Jule’s Foods products or return to the place of purchase for a refund.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient is hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body.
Children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.
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