Multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts

Multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts

A multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to alfalfa sprouts has infected and sickened 13 people. The alfalfa sprouts that are contaminated come from Sweetwater Farms in Kansas, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States.

As outlined by Foodsafety.gov: “Usually, symptoms last 4-7 days and most people get better without treatment. But, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in older adults, infants, and persons with chronic diseases. Salmonella is killed by cooking and pasteurization.”

The CDC reported:

A total of 13 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen have been reported from four states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Kansas (5), Missouri (3), Oklahoma (3), and Pennsylvania (2).

Illnesses started on dates ranging from December 1, 2015 to January 21, 2016. Ill people range in age from 18 years to 73, with a median age of 51. Ninety-two percent of ill people are female. Among 13 ill people with available information, 5 reported being hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.

An investigation by the CDC linked the multi-state Salmonella outbreak to Sweetwater Farms. These sprouts should not be consumed, sold by stores, or served at any restaurants, the CDC said.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Salmonella.” FoodSafety.gov. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2016.
2. “Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts: CDC.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2016.
3. “Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen Infections Linked to Alfalfa Sprouts Produced by Sweetwater Farms.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Feb. 2016. Web. 26 Feb. 2016.

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