More cases of NC salmonella, one death
Friday, January 16, 2009 | 2:36 PM
The total number of diagnosed cases in the state is four and one of those patients died in November, public health officials said Friday.
The new cases are documented in
Doctors say the person who died
Officials say it takes several weeks to determine which salmonella cases belong to an outbreak. A series of laboratory tests must be completed to determine if the strain is related to the common source of infection.
The Center for Disease Control identified the national outbreak strain on Dec. 31.
Health officials say the source of the outbreak is likely peanut butter sold in large containers to institutions, food service industries and private-label food companies across the country, but not directly to consumers.
Several companies have now issued voluntary recalls on peanut butter.
In addition, other companies
have stopped the sale and distribution of products containing peanut butter,
such as peanut butter crackers. A Cary plant that distributes Kellogg's brand
For the latest updates on the national outbreak or for information about Salmonella, see the CDC Website at www.cdc.gov. For information on product recalls, see the FDA Website at www.fda.gov.
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