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The Illinois Department of Public Health announced a new outbreak of Salmonella illnesses linked to ground beef. Here is everything we know about this Illinois Salmonella Beef Outbreak.
IDPH is working with local health departments, the CDC and the USDA-FSIS to identify additional cases, to perform lab testing and to identify the source of the contaminated ground beef.
It is unknown at this time as the health agencies have not announced a potential company linked to the outbreak. During their investigations, health officials found that some of the ill people reported eating undercooked ground beef.
The simple answer is yes. Salmonella bacteria can be killed through the cooking process.
It is important that you follow proper food safety steps to handle and prepare any ground beef products, like:
Although the laboratory evidence shows that ground beef is the likely source of this outbreak, no ground beef has been recalled at this time. The authorities are are still conducting traceback investigations.
This investigation into the culprit is ongoing. The health agencies will update the public as more information becomes available.
The health agencies are not telling you to stop eating ground beef. But they are recommending that you practice good food safety methods (as always) when preparing ground beef.
It looks like it is just in Illinois at this time, but a small number of other cases appear to be under investigation.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms or signs after recently consuming ground beef products, be sure to visit your healthcare provider in order to get your illness properly treated and any foodborne infection reported. It is diligent reports like these that help investigators identify and subsequently eliminate the source of a foodborne illness outbreak.
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