The recalls followed an outbreak of salmonellosis in eight states that caused five people to be hospitalized. Salmonellosis is an infection caused by bacteria known as Salmonella. It has been known to cause illness for over 100 years. According to the CDC, every year, approximately 40,000 cases of the illness are reported in the United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can even cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
“Although the tainted products were all pet foods, some people handling the products were being sickened by cross contamination,”
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about Salmonella that can be seen at:
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