National Salmonella Outbreak Has Case In Indiana

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National Salmonella Outbreak

Food and Drug Administration announced a Salmonella Wandsworth outbreak in 17 states in connection with Veggie Booty snack food.

State health officials report one case in Indiana.

Salmonella Wandsworth is a rare strain that causes gastro-intestinal illness. It has not previously been associated with an outbreak of human illness in the United States. Since March 1, 2007, there have been 51 cases identified. State health officials cannot release the identity or location of the Indiana patient, due to confidentiality laws.

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The FDA warns people not to eat Veggie Booty snack food, made by Robert's American Gourmet, due to possible contamination with Salmonella Wandsworth. They also advise consumers to throw out any Veggie Booty in their homes.

Almost all the illnesses have occurred in children younger than 10, and a majority of cases are toddlers. Most of the people affected reported bloody diarrhea, with four people requiring hospitalization. The FDA learned of the illnesses on June 27 from the CDC. The outbreak is considered ongoing.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, cramps, nausea, and gas. Symptoms usually last four to seven days, and appear 18 to 36 hours after exposure. People with poor underlying health or weakened immune systems are at risk for life-threatening infections. Most cases of Salmonella infection are short lived, and do not require medical care or antibiotics.

Health officials recommend the following steps to prevent Salmonella infection:

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