CDC: Connecticut Included in Salmonella Outbreak Detected in 25 States
A Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin has been detected in 25 states and has affected more then 100 people.
Connecticut is one of the many states on the list of this latest salmonella outbreak and health officials are struggling to determine the cause of the outbreak.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a specific food item has not yet been identified as the source of this fast growing outbreak. Though public health officials are hard at work trying to identify the source of this latest outbreak, more then 100 cases have already been reported in some 25 states with Connecticut being included in those numbers.
The CDC is identifying the salmonella strain as the oranienburg strain, but is not certain where it originated, or from what food the contamination is coming from. So far there have been no hospitalizations or deaths from the current outbreak.
If you are infected with the bacteria, most people experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, and symptoms usually begin 6 hours to up to 6 days after being infected with the tainted food. The good news is that most people recover without treatment in about 4 to 7 days.
The CDC is currently interviewing people with those symptoms to try and piece together any similarities that they may have had with foods they had eaten.
So what should you do if you suspect you have eaten something contaminated and develop the symptoms mentioned earlier.
The CDC says you should first talk to your healthcare provider, also write down what you ate during the week prior to experiencing symptoms, then report it to your states health department.
The CDC also recommends using these four simple steps to avoid contaminated foods:
- Wash Your Hands And Surfaces Where You Prepare Foods Often
- Separate The Foods You Are Preparing To Avoid Cross Contamination
- Always Cook Foods At The Right Temperature To Kill The Bacteria That Could Make You Sick
- Refrigerate All Foods Shortly After Serving, And Make Sure Your Refrigerator Temperature Is Set To 40 Degrees or Below