April 24, 2018

At Least 200 Sick with Salmonella from Boise Co-Op

At least 200 people have Salmonella poisoning after eating food from the deli of a Boise Co-Op, according to the latest update from the Central District Health Department (CDHD.  The contaminated food was purchased after June 1 and includes raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. Other foods may be included when results from pending tests become available. Customers who have purchased any foods from the deli since June 1 should not eat them.

SalmonellaSymptoms of a Salmonella infection usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure and include diarrhea, nausea, and headache. Health officials are urging anyone with these symptoms who has eaten food from the deli since June 1 to report their illness by completing an online form or by calling (208) 321-2222.

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of humans and other animals. It is transmitted when food or beverages contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter are ingested.

Some infections can be severe and require hospitalizations.  After initial symptoms resolve, long-term complications can arise including reactive arthritis, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

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