Michigan salmonella outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts

Source of Article: http://www.freep.com/article/20090422/NEWS06/90422097/Mich.+salmonella+outbreak+tied+to+alfalfa+sprouts




The Michigan Department of Community Health is telling people to avoid alfalfa sprouts after an outbreak of salmonella sent two people to the hospital and sickened 14 others in southeast Michigan. The area involved includes Wayne, Macomb and Oakland Counties and the city of Detroit.

For the most part, people got infected from sprouts in sandwiches, but the origin of the sprouts is not yet known, MDCH officials said in a statement. The illnesses mostly occurred between March 23 and April 6.

This same salmonella caused a recall of alfalfa in the Midwest earlier this year.

Alfalfa sprouts are prone to cause illness because they are eaten raw. Previous outbreaks have been linked to manure in fields and poor hygiene in producing the food, which starts as a seed or bean. They are also sometimes contaminated with E. coli.

Infection with salmonella typically causes diarrhea, fever and cramps. Illness lasts from 4 to 7 days, and the healthy typically recover. Children, the elderly and those with poor immune systems can suffer more severe illness.




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