January 22, 2018

Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Expands, 574 Sick

The Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak has expanded to include 574 people in 27 states and Puerto Rico, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s an increase of 50 cases since the last update on April 9 or, about eight new cases each week.

The outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed Foster-Farms-Salmonella-Mayantibiotics, indicating that there is an increased risk of hospitalization. About 37 percent of people sickened in this outbreak have required hospitalization and 13 percent have developed blood infections which pose a serious health risk. Usually, only 5 percent of people with salmonellosis develop blood infections. No deaths have been reported.

Most of the illnesses, 77 percent, have been reported from California. Each state has the following number of cases: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (25), California (441), Colorado (9), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Georgia (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (5), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (4), Missouri (5), Montana (1), North Carolina (1), Nevada (11), New Mexico (2), Oregon (14), Puerto Rico (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (13), Utah (6), Virginia (4), Washington (17), and Wisconsin (1).

This outbreak has been ongoing for more than a year. Onset of illness dates range from March 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014.  The age range of those included in this outbreak is less than 1 year to 93 years old. The median age of 18.  Fifty-one percent of case patients are male.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps developing 12 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms usually last between four to seven days. If you have these symptoms, see a doctor.

 

 

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