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Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to ground beef appears over: CDC

The multistate Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that has been linked to ground beef produced by Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods stores in Michigan is believed to be over, according to a CDC outbreak update Mar. 15.

Salmonella Typhimurium map/CDC

Salmonella Typhimurium map/CDC

The final tally on the outbreak includes 22 illnesses in six states. Since the last update about one month ago, four new ill persons were reported from Wisconsin (3) and Pennsylvania (1).

The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Arizona (1), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (9), Pennsylvania (1), and Wisconsin (8).

50% of ill persons were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported.

The implicated ground beef product was recalled on January 24 and 25. The CDC recommends that consumers do not eat recalled ground beef products and that they dispose of any remaining recalled product in their home or return the product to the place of purchase.

Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Most individuals infected with Salmonella bacteria often experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12-72 hours after infection. The duration of illness is typically 4-7 days and most people recover without treatment.

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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