The CDC has announced that the “likely source” for the salmonella outbreak that has left one person dead and eight others in the hospital is ground beef. However, at the time of this writing, it’s unclear where, exactly, the outbreak originated, and what the common source for it is. The death was reported in California, while illnesses have been reported in several other states.
Where Is the Salmonella Outbreak Occurring?
Salmonella infections likely related to the ground beef outbreak have occurred in several states. These include Texas, Iowa, California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Colorado. Colorado, in particular, has been the site of three different reported instances of illness.
What Is the Origin of the Salmonella Outbreak?
The victims of the infection in all of the cases reported eating ground beef, and the beef from these places is sourced from different suppliers. In one person’s home in California, authorities collected repackaged ground beef that had been infected with salmonella.
As of the time of this writing, it’s unclear where the outbreak is originating. People are urged to avoid ground beef for the time being as a measure to avoid falling ill with salmonella. These infections are serious and can result in death in some cases.
What Happens When You Have a Salmonella Infection?
Salmonella results in numerous intense symptoms. Those who fall ill with a salmonella infection often feel abdominal cramps, get diarrhea, and develop serious fever sometime between 6 hours and 4 days after being exposed to the bacteria. These symptoms tend to last around a week.
Thankfully, most people recover from salmonella within a week or so without any medical treatment. In this form, it’s often called by the generic term “food poisoning.” In some people, especially those with lower constitutions or compromised immune systems, a salmonella infection can be much more serious.
Older people, young children, pregnant women, and people on immune suppressants need to be aware of the risks posed by salmonella. In such people, their reduced immune capacity could result in a salmonella infection being a deadly occurrence.