outbreak sickens 388 across
By Maggie Fox
An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning has made 388 people
sick across 42 states, sending 18 percent of them to the hospital,
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is trying to trace the source of the outbreak, which began in September. The Department of Agriculture, state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration are also involved.
The CDC said poultry, cheese and eggs are the most common source of this particular strain, known as Salmonella typhimurium.
"It is often difficult to identify sources of foodborne outbreaks. People may not remember the foods they recently ate and may not be aware of all of the ingredients in food. That's what makes these types of investigations very difficult," said CDC spokesman David Daigle.
Daigle did not specify how many people were hospitalized, but the percentage he gave puts that figure at about 70.
"Because foods of animal origin may be contaminated with Salmonella, people should not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat. Persons also should not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy products. Produce should be thoroughly washed," he said.
Every year, approximately 40,000 people are reported ill
with salmonella in the
There have been several recent high-profile outbreaks of foodborne illness in the
Salmonella-contaminated dry pet food sickened at least 79 people, including many young children, in October and November. 1-07-09
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