In a recent announcement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that a salmonella epidemic is now underway and has been connected to Italian-style deli meats.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36 individuals have been infected so far, with 12 requiring hospitalization, across 17 states. However, since no specific kind or brand of meat product has been established as the source of the epidemic as of yet, there is no need for a recall.
Salmonella is a bacterium that, when consumed, may result in stomach pains, diarrhea, and a high fever in susceptible individuals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of a salmonella infection usually appear between six hours and six days after consuming contaminated food. The illness is not very pleasant for the majority of individuals, but it usually goes away on its own within a week. While the majority of individuals will not develop severe symptoms, some (such as newborns, adults over the age of 65, and those with a compromised immune system) may. These symptoms may require the use of antibiotics and/or hospitalization to alleviate them.
This salmonella epidemic is really two separate outbreaks, one containing the bacterium Salmonella typhimurium and the other involving the bacteria Salmonella infantis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the epidemic of Salmonella typhimurium has sickened 23 individuals in 14 states, while the outbreak of Salmonella infantis has sickened 13 people in seven states. Numerous individuals in both clusters said that they consumed various kinds of Italian-style meats, including salami, prosciutto, coppa, and soppressata, among other things. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also adds that they may be found in antipasto or charcuterie assortments.
Because public health investigators have not yet pinpointed a specific brand or product as the source of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that consumers cook all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165°F or until the meat is “steaming hot” before serving. This will assist in the killing of any germs that may be present in the meal. It may not be the most appetizing method of consuming such meats, but it is the most secure. It asks anyone who experiences the following symptoms to contact their healthcare provider:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving.
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down.
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not peeing much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
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