In a follow-up on the multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef produced by JBS Tolleson, Inc., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 87 more ill people, including 32 who have been hospitalized.
In total, 333 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported from 28 states. 91 people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Three more states have reported illnesses (Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia).
About 2/3s of the outbreak cases have been reported from Arizona, California and Colorado.
JBS Tolleson recalled 6.9 million pounds of beef products on Oct. 4, 2018, and then recalled an additional 5.2 million pounds of beef products on Dec. 4, 2018.
Health officials advise the public to check your freezer for recalled beef, look for beef labeled with the establishment number “EST. 267.”
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
Children younger than 5 years, adults older than 65 years, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
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