A fast-growing Salmonella Newport outbreak is sweeping across the country but health officials aren’t sure yet what’s causing it and they’re asking for the public’s help. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the outbreak on July 21, there were 125 cases in 15 states. Three days later, there are 212 cases in 23 states and 31 people have been hospitalized. Salmonella Newport Illnesses have also been reported in Canada.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever usually developing six to 72 hours after exposure. The CDC is asking people who are sick to do four things:
- Contact your healthcare provider.
- Write down the foods you ate in the week before you developed symptoms.
- Report your illness to your local health department.
- Help public health investigators by answering their questions when they contact you. This can help them identify the source of the outbreak and prevent others from getting sick.
Previous Salmonella Newport outbreaks were linked to contaminated frozen raw tuna, ground beef, frozen shredded coconut, Maradol papayas, cucumbers, organic sprouted chia powder and cantaloupe.
The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from less than 1 year old to 92 years old, report the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from June 19, 2020 to July 11, 2020. The number of cases reported from each of the states is: Arizona (13), California (10), Florida (1), Idaho (5), Illinois (9), Iowa (10), Maine (2), Michigan (15), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), Montana (11), Nebraska (5), North Carolina (3), North Dakota (3), Ohio (5), Oregon (51), South Dakota (6), Tennessee (2), Utah (40), Virginia (3), Washington (1), Wisconsin (2), and Wyoming (9).
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