By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported an additional 152 Salmonella Oranienburg infections in the multistate outbreak that was first reported earlier this month.

The outbreak, which totals 279 cases to date, has expanded to 29 states. 26 people required hospitalization for their illness, an increase of 8 over the past week.

Texas has reported the most cases with 81, followed by 40 in Oklahoma, 23 in Illinois and 22 in Virginia.

A specific food item has not yet been identified as the source of this outbreak. CDC and public health and regulatory officials in several states are collecting different types of data.

Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria. Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.

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Some people – especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems – may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.