111 Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Cargill Ground Turkey

One hundred and eleven people have been sickened in the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella outbreak linked to Cargill ground turkey products, according to the latest tally from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The outbreak has been detected in 31 states. One victim of the Salmonella outbreak has died, while 27 (37%) of the 73 people who’ve provided the CDC with complete information have been hospitalized.

According to the CDC, the number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alabama (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (6), Colorado (3), Georgia (2), Illinois (14), Indiana (1), Iowa (2), Kansas (1), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (3), Maryland (1), Michigan (12), Minnesota (2), Mississippi (1), Missouri (4), Nebraska (2), Nevada (1), New York (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (10), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (5), South Dakota (3), Tennessee (2), Texas (15), Utah (1), and Wisconsin (4).

All of the victims in this outbreak were infected with and the same strain of Salmonella Heidelberg or a second closely related strain. Among the 77 ill persons with available information, the CDC said 45 (58%) reported consuming ground turkey.

According to the CDC, cultures of five ground turkey samples purchased from five retail locations between March 7 and June 27, 2011 found the same Salmonella Heidelberg strain or the second, closely related strain, involved in the outbreak. Preliminary information indicates that all of these products originated from one Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation processing facility in Springdale, Arkansas.

On August 3, the outbreak prompted Cargill to recall 36 million lbs of ground turkey made at the Arkansas facility. The products subject to recall today bear the establishment number “P-963″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. A complete list of recalled ground turkey products, along with their freeze and use by dates can be found here. Recalled products were sold under the names Honeysuckle White, Giant Eagle, Riverside, HEB, Kroger, Safeway, Fit & Active, Shady Brook Farms, and Spartan.

Cargill requests that consumers who may have purchased any recalled ground turkey products return them to the point-of-purchase. The CDC is warning that because ground turkey has a long shelf life, much of the recalled product could still be in consumers’ freezers. The agency is urging consumers to check packaging on any ground turkey in their homes.

Most people infected with Salmonella bacteria develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Older adults, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness from Salmonella infection.

The strains of Salmonella Heidelberg involved in this outbreak are resistant to several common antibiotics, making infections more difficult to treat, the CDC said.

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