Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin sickens people across 15 states, CDC says

Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin sickens people across 15 states

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a rapidly spreading outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections in the U.S.

According to a CDC news release, a total of 125 cases of Salmonella Newport were confirmed across 15 states between July 10 and July 21, resulting in 24 hospitalizations.

The states reporting cases include California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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The outbreak was first reported July 10 with 13 cases spanning three states, the news release stated.

“Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks,” the CDC stated.

Oregon has the most confirmed infections with 42 cases, followed by Utah with 28, Michigan with 12 and Montana with 11. The remaining 11 states reporting infections have only confirmed single-digit cases, Fox Business reported.

Salmonella infections typically last four to seven days, and most people reportedly recover without treatment. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps that can last anywhere between six hours and six days after an individual is exposed to the bacteria, the CDC stated.

“A specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of infections,” the agency wrote in a statement.

In turn, the CDC is not advising that consumers avoid eating any specific foods or that retailers stop selling any specific food, People reported.