6 hospitalized in Colorado for salmonella

Source of Article:  http://www.examiner.com/a-2133442~6_hospitalized_in_Colorado_for_salmonella.html


Jul 23, 2009 1:03 PM (42 mins ago) AP


The Colorado health department says six people are recovering after being hospitalized for salmonella that might be linked to a ground beef recall.

Officials said Thursday a total of 14 cases have been reported in the state but eight did not require hospitalization.

The Denver-based King Soopers grocery chain on Wednesday recalled 466,236 pounds of ground beef products that were distributed to stores in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

The ground beef products were produced from May 23 through June 13 and bear the establishment number "EST. 6250" within the USDA Mark of Inspection, printed on the front of the packages.

The state health department says the strain of salmonella identified in the meat is resistant to many antibiotics traditionally prescribed to treat it, which could increase the risk that treatment would fail or that the patients would have to be hospitalized.

Salmonella can result in abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever. Most people recover without treatment, but some require hospitalization, and in rare cases the organism can get into the blood and produce more severe illnesses.



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