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The FDA announced today on its “Investigations of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks” table that there are two more outbreaks of Salmonella, source still unknown. Here is everything we know about the Salmonella Oranienburg Outbreak:
State and local officials have collected food items from some of the restaurants where sick people ate. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg was found in a sample taken from a takeout condiment cup containing cilantro and lime. The sick person reported that the condiment container also contained onions, but none were left in the cup when it was tested.
Because multiple food items were present in the container and in the sample that was tested, it is not possible to know which food item was contaminated. The CDC is using this information in conjunction with other available information to help narrow the list of possible foods linked to illness.
Salmonella bacteria typically live in the intestines of humans and animals and are shed through feces. A common disease that affects the intestinal tract, humans usually become ill with Salmonella after consuming food or water contaminated with that feces.
First discovered in 1885, the bacteria cause an estimated 1.35 million illnesses, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States every year. A total of 12 people have been hospitalized as a result of this recent outbreak. Nine with Salmonella Typhimurium infections, and 3 with Salmonella Infantis. No deaths have been reported, but the number of people effected is most likely higher than reported as it usually takes 3 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak.
Often people experience zero symptoms and are un-aware that they have even contracted the bacteria. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment, but as usual with diarrhea, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. In some cases, the diarrhea associated with Salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention and can disrupt bowel habits for several months. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond your intestines, causing infection in urine, blood, bones, joints, or the nervous system, and can cause severe disease.
Some people with Salmonella infection develop pain in their joints, called reactive arthritis, after the infection has ended. Reactive arthritis can last for months or years and can be difficult to treat. Some people with reactive arthritis develop irritation of the eyes and pain when urinating.
Your risk of acquiring Salmonella infection is higher if you travel to countries with poor sanitation.
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