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Florida reports four salmonella cases linked to Foster Farms chicken

Three Miami-Dade and one Brevard County resident can be counted among the nearly 300 cases of salmonella nationwide linked to  Foster Farms chicken, according to the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) Thursday.

Foster Farms chicken Image/Video Screen Shot

Foster Farms chicken
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The four Florida cases have been linked to the multistate outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg by DNA fingerprinting, health officials note.

“Individuals who have eaten the suspect chicken and experience symptoms like diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps should seek medical attention,” said Dr. Anna Marie Likos, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection Director and State Epidemiologist. “The Department will continue to monitor the situation and inform the public as new information becomes available.”

As of October 7, 2013, a total of 278 persons infected with seven outbreak strains  of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 17 states, with the majority of cases being reported from California (77%), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The FL DOH offers the following measures to help prevent salmonellosis:

  • Cook poultry, meats (including ground meats) and eggs thoroughly. Using a meat thermometer is the only way to be sure you have cooked meat to a proper temperature.
  •  If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don’t hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.
  •  Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
  •  Use one cutting board for raw animal proteins and another for other foods to avoid cross-contamination.
  •  Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, elderly, and immunocompromised.
  •  Do not work with raw poultry or meat and handle an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.

Consumers who have purchased any samples from the problematic plant numbers P6137, P6137A, and P7632 should dispose of the chicken in order to protect themselves and their families.

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