A Salmonella outbreak linked to shell eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama has expanded to include 38 illnesses in seven states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ten people have been hospitalized.
Since the CDC’s last outbreak update on September 10, 2018, 24 more illnesses from seven states have been added. And the outbreak expanded to include five more states: Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, and Montana. By states, the case count is as follows: AL (7), CO (1), IA (1), KY (1), OH (4), MT (1), TN (23), according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Case-patients have reported onset-of-illness dates ranging from June 17, 2018, to August 16, 2018. During interviews with health officials, 76 percent of those sickened reported eating restaurant dishes made with eggs.
Test results on environmental samples and in eggs collected from Gravel Ridge Farms were positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis.
Grocery stores that sold the recalled eggs included Piggly Wiggly, Warehouse Discount Grocery and Western Market stores in Alabama, Tennesse and Georgia. To see a complete list of the stores where the recalled eggs were sold, see the recall on the FDA website. A list of restaurants that served the eggs has not been released by public health officials.
Gravel Ridge Recalls Eggs
On September 6, 2018, Gravel Ridge issued a recall for eggs packaged in cardboard, single dozen cartons and in 2.5 dozen flats with the UPC 7-06970-38444-6 and “use by” dates from July 25, 2018, through October 31, 2018. Consumers who have these eggs at home should not eat them. Anyone who ate the eggs and became ill should see a healthcare provider.
Salmonella Symptoms and Complications
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which usually develop within six to 72 hours of exposure, include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. These symptoms usually last about a week. Hospitalization is required if dehydration becomes severe. A Salmonella infection can be life-threatening if the infection travels from the intestinal tract to the bloodstream.
After initial symptoms resolve, it can take months before normal bowel function is restored. Reactive arthritis, which causes painful joints, is another long-term complication of Salmonella infections. Other symptoms of reactive arthritis include painful urination and eye irritation.