Health Department investigating Salmonella outbreak
Source of Article: http://www.radioiowa.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=CDCDC50A-5056-B82A-37DDE9B34E7E8A36
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 1:25 PM
By Matt Kelley
The Iowa Department of Public Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak in the state and spokeswoman Dr. Ann Garvey says it has -no- connection to the recent outbreak involving peanuts and peanut butter.
Garvey says, "We have five confirmed cases and
about four cases pending and it appears the salmonella contamination is
related to consumption of alfalfa sprouts." Garvey says the cases are in
"We're recommending that Iowans don't eat alfalfa sprouts until the source of the contamination can be confirmed and more information is available," Garvey says. "What we really want people to know is, if you're feeling ill and you're having symptoms, you should see your health care provider." Symptoms of salmonella include: fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. The illness can last four-to-seven days and most people recover without treatment, but severe illness may occur in the very young, the elderly, pregnant women or those with compromised immune systems.
Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal.
Garvey says the investigation began last Friday and continued through the
weekend. "We're still looking into it and the investigation is ongoing,
but as soon as we get additional information, we'll get that out to the
public," Garvey says. "For now, we're just recommending people
don't eat the alfalfa sprouts they have or throw them away." Several
salmonella cases are also reported in
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