More People Getting Sick As Salmonella Outbreak From Chicken Salad Widens


Chicken salad with a side of diarrhea and abdominal pain,

Posted on March 09, 2018, 00:23 GMT

The outbreak has been
linked to ready-to-eat chicken salad sold at Fareway grocery
stores in seven states.

The US Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first announced
the outbreak on February 22, when 65 people were infected with
the germ, which is a food-borne pathogen that causes diarrhea
and fever.

At the time, more than 20,000 pounds of potentially
contaminated premade
chicken salad was recalled by Triple T Specialty Meats,
Inc. The chicken salad had been made between January 2 and
February 7 and was sold in containers priced by weight from
deli counters at Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa,
Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

This week the CDC announced that an additional 105 people had
fallen ill bringing the total number of cases to 170. In
addition to the states where the chicken was sold, there have
been cases in
Texas and Indiana. (Most cases have been in Iowa.) The
newly infected people likely purchased the contaminated chicken
salad from Fareway stores before it was recalled, according to
the CDC.

The people who have gotten sick range in age from 11 to 89.
There have been 62 hospitalizations so far, but no reported

The CDC recommends throwing away all recalled chicken salad
from Fareway stores (even if no one who ate it got sick) and
sanitizing all countertops and other surfaces where the
recalled chicken salad was stored.

Salmonella typically cause diarrhea, fever, and
abdominal pain and most people recover without treatment — but
immunocompromised people are at higher risk.

generally start between 12 and 72 hours after infection. These
include diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, fever, nausea,
and vomiting. Supportive care, like fluids and rest, can help
ease symptoms. The illness usually lasts about one week and
goes away on its own without treatment.

In severe cases, some people may be hospitalized and require
antibiotics. In rare cases, Salmonella can be fatal. People
with weakened immune systems — the elderly, very young, or
people receiving chemotherapy — are at higher risk for
complications or death from Salmonella infections.

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