5 more salmonella cases confirmed in Michigan

BY Megha Satyanarayana • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER • January 15, 2009

 

Source of Article:  http://www.freep.com/article/20090115/FEATURES08/90115058/1025/FEATURES/5+more+salmonella+cases+confirmed+in+Michigan

 

The state health department has confirmed five more cases of salmonella illness in Michigan today, bringing the total to 25. The cases are part of a nationwide outbreak, which has sickened 434 people, and may have killed five.

This morning, Kellogg Company, based in Battle Creek, issued a hold on its current inventory of Austin and Keebler branded Toasted Peanut Butter Sandwich Cracker, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Crackers, Cheese and Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers Peanut Butter-Chocolate Sandwich crackers. The snacks are made with peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America, which is under investigation as the manufacturer of the culprit peanut butter.

Last week, the Minnesota department of health found salmonella in a tub of King Nut peanut butter. It is not a grocery brand, but is served in schools, hospitals and other institutions. King Nut, an Ohio company, distributes, but does not make, its peanut butter to Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, Arizona, Idaho and New Hampshire. They’ve recalled individual tubs with lot number 038445, or case lots beginning with 8.

Salmonella is a bacteria commonly found in animals, where it is not infectious. When consumed by humans, it causes nausea, cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Usually, the infection resolves itself. Untreated, it can lead to organ damage.

Michigan counties with confirmed cases are Arenac, Bay, Eaton, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Macomb, Mecosta, Muskegon, Oakland, Ottawa, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.

 

 

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