Latest Salmonella Outbreaks

Latest Salmonella Outbreaks

What is a Salmonella Outbreak?

The latest Salmonella outbreaks are declared when two or more people get the same Salmonella based illness, from the same contaminated food or drink source. These events are also known as food-borne disease outbreaks.

Salmonella itself is a type of rod-shaped bacteria (or bacillus) and is one of the most well known causes of food-borne illness, more often referred to as ‘food poisoning’. Usually, an infection will just result in illness, but the latest salmonella outbreaks have required hospitalization for a large number of people and have even lead to death.

The latest Salmonella outbreaks have all involved live bacteria being found in the intestines of humans (Salmonellosis). The bacteria usually invades the gastrointestinal tract, where they attach themselves to the cells lining the intestines and start to produce toxins.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year.

Latest Salmonella Outbreaks

In the last few months, there have been reports of Salmonella outbreaks involving turkey and melon, with the latest report involving frozen ground tuna. You can read more on each of the latest salmonella outbreaks below and by following the links to the CDC articles.

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Frozen Raw Tuna [more…]

  • Reported Cases: 13
  • States: 7
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recall: Yes

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Pre-Cut Melons [more…]

  • Reported Cases: 93
  • States: 9
  • Hospitalizations: 23
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recall: Yes

Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Butterball Brand Ground Turkey [more…]

  • Reported Cases: 6
  • States: 3
  • Hospitalizations: 1
  • Deaths: 0
  • Recall: Yes

Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Turkey Products [more…]

  • Reported Cases: 279
  • States: 41
  • Hospitalizations: 107
  • Deaths: 1
  • Recall: Yes

What are the symptoms?

The typical symptoms of Salmonellosis food poisoning are generally gastrointestinal in nature and include diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting, fever and even blood in the faeces. Signs that a Salmonella infection is present will usually begin 6 to 48 hours after eating any contaminated food.

When to seek medical help

If any of the above symptoms are severe, then medical intervention is recommended, especially if the stomach pain or cramping is severe, if you find yourself unable to eat or drink as a result, or if you detect blood in your vomit or bowel movements.

Anyone running a fever for more than two or three days – higher than +100.4°F ( +38°C ) – should also seek medical attention.

You can read more about Salmonella in our extended article, Your Guide to all things Salmonella, which contains essential information on the bacteria, its treatment and tips on illness prevention.

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