Maryland Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pancake Breakfast

Another <"">Salmonella outbreak is making headlines, this time following a church pancake breakfast that has—to date—sickened 18 people who ate tainted pork, said the Frederick County Health Department, wrote My Fox DC.

County Health Officer Barbara Brookmyer told The Frederick News-Post it concluded its investigation into the outbreak and made a link between the sicknesses and a March 5 Trinity United Church of Christ event, said My Fox DC.

Nine cases were confirmed by stool samples, said Brookmyer. Nine other reports confirmed symptoms consistent with Salmonella and point to additional probable infections associated with the tainted pork.

The pork involved was in sausage and meat pudding. The sausage and meat pudding products were produced by “Frederick County 4-H members at the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club,” wrote My Fox DC

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people infected with Salmonella bacteria usually experience symptoms beginning 12 to 72 hours after becoming contaminated by the pathogen which, in these cases involves consumption of Salmonella-tainted pork products.

Typically, contaminated food and water are the traditional routes for the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Salmonella bacteria.

Contamination with the Salmonella pathogen can lead to serious consequences as a result of the Salmonella infection, known as salmonellosis.

Salmonellosis symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea and usually last 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without antibiotic treatment; however, the diarrhea can be very severe, and hospitalization may be required.

The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may experience a more serious illness and symptoms. In these patients, the infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites, and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics.

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