Salmonella Outbreak

Heath agency says salmonella outbreak linked to seafood products (Full List)

*The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is investigating the outbreak that has been traced to a seafoods processing plant in Colorado State

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In alerting consumers to some suspect products delivered to restaurants and grocery stores such as Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts in the United States (US), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has disclosed it is investigating another salmonella outbreak.

The US health regulatory agency stated this one linked to seafood processed in Colorado State in the country, agency report said.

According to the CDC, 102 people have gotten sick, with 19 of them serious enough to require hospitalisation.

In this case, authorities are pretty sure they know the source of the outbreak — Northeast Seafood Products of Denver.

The CDC noted that the suspect products were delivered to restaurants and grocery stores such as Albertsons, Safeway, and Sprouts.

Seafood suspected of bearing the salmonella pathogen include haddock, monkfish, bone-in trout, grouper, red snapper, red rock cod, ocean perch, Pacific code, halibut, coho salmon, Atlantic salmon portions, lane snapper, tilapia, all-natural salmon fillet, Pacific Sole, and farm-raised striped bass.

Medical doctors also said the people who got sick reported eating a variety of types of raw and cooked seafood in restaurants and grocery stores, report said.

Northeast Seafood Products was identified as a common supplier where some ill people ate or shopped.

Authorities say the products are subject to recall and are believed to have been distributed in at least 14 states.

In the meantime, the CDC has stated it is still trying to find the source of another salmonella outbreak that began over the summer and has caused at least 419 illnesses in 35 states.

At least 66 people have been hospitalised, according to report.

Previously, the CDC said it identified the strain of Salmonella Oranienburg 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 of them were left in the cup when it was tested.

The CDC said the multiple food items in the tested sample present a problem for investigators since it isn’t possible to know which food items were contaminated.

ConsumerConnect reports salmonella is a fairly common type of food poisoning that is more harmful to some consumers than others.

Salmonella enterica (formerly Salmonella choleraesuis) has been described as “a rod-headed, flagellate, facultative anaerobic, Gram-negative bacterium and a species of the genus Salmonella. A number of its serovars are serious human pathogens.”

While many young, healthy individuals may suffer only mild symptoms, it can be very serious for elderly consumers and young children.

Most people who become infected with salmonella will experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, with symptoms usually beginning six hours to six days after consuming the bacteria.

However, most people recover without treatment after four to seven days.

Report also indicates some people, especially children younger than five years old, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems, may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalisation.

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