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Beware of Chicken Salad During The Latest Salmonella Outbreak

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An outbreak of salmonella infections linked to chicken salad has sickened 65 people in five states


Salmonella is defined as a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Salmonella bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines and are shed through feces. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food.

Common symptoms of salmonella poisoning include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever. Sometimes, diarrhea can cause such dehydration that it requires for one to be hospitalized immediately. Other common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, chills, headache, and blood in the stool. However, the illness is not usually life-threatening. There are some rare cases, however, in which the illness can be life-threatening unless the person has been promptly hospitalized and is treated with an antibiotic immediately. These symptoms usually arise within 12 to 72 hours of consuming contaminated foods and can last anywhere between four to seven days. Sometimes, though, the diarrhea can last for 10 days. The CDC recommends that, in order to protect oneself from being contaminated with salmonella, we should all avoid eating any raw or undercooked animal products such as eggs or meat. Any animal products are susceptible to being contaminated, but ensuring that the meat you consume is fully cooked will protect you from getting sick. Also, washing your hands thoroughly when preparing meat will greatly reduce your chances, as well as washing thoroughly any surfaces which have come into contact with raw meat, and keeping raw meat and other foods which are to be consumed in separate places.

Lately, an outbreak of salmonella has taken place in the United States, which is especially alarming now that the flu has been widespread across the country. People from five states have been reported ill. About 65 people are reported to come down with the illness, and 28 have been hospitalized. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported.

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The CDC and the United States Department of Agriculture have linked this outbreak to Triple T Specialty Meats Inc. produced chicken salad that is sold in Fareway stores. All chicken salads produced by this company that were sold in stores between January 4th and February 9th were recalled by Triple T Specialty Meats. The CDC has announced that, even if you have purchased a chicken salad from Fareway but don’t remember exactly when you bought it, you are still recommended to throw it away to avoid the possibility of contracting salmonella. People in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota have been reported to have salmonella poisoning, though salmonella has affected the most people in Iowa.

Any place where the salad was stored in the homes of people who have purchased it is recommended to be washed and sanitized thoroughly. It is also recommended that any leftovers of the chicken salad which has already been eaten, even if not having produced any side effects, should be thrown away, and should especially not be fed to children or animals. This is to prevent any possibility of falling ill.

Some other common foods which may increase one’s chance of contracting salmonella are cookie dough, homemade ice cream, and eggnog, as these all include raw eggs in the ingredients. Be sure to keep raw meat separate from other foods that you consume and, once again, to ensure that any animal products you eat have been cooked thoroughly.

Once again, a chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats and sold in Fareway stores is believed to have caused a recent salmonella outbreak in five states.

It is important to be cautious and aware of everything you put into your body.

Reference: CNN, Mayo Clinic.