Health Day reporter
TUESDAY Aug 24, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Two outbreaks of salmonella that appear to be linked to salami and other Italian meats have sickened at least 36 people in 17 states, according to the state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -United.
Twelve people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Because some people recover from salmonella without medical attention and go untested, the CDC suspects that the actual number of sick people is higher than reported, and outbreaks may not be limited to states with known illnesses.
The CDC said interviews with sick people indicated that the likely sources of the two reported outbreaks were Italian-style deli meats such as salami, prosciutto and other meats in antipasti or cold and cooked meats assortments. .
Investigators are trying to identify brands and contaminated products and determine whether the two outbreaks are linked to the same source, the CDC said.
Children under 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have serious illness. The CDC has urged members of these groups to heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or until heated through before eating them.
In most people, salmonella infection causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps between six hours and six days after eating contaminated food. Symptoms usually last four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment, the CDC said.
But some can get so sick that they need to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other parts of the body.
Contact a health care provider if you have severe symptoms, the CDC advised. For answers to questions about cases in a particular state, call the state health department.
The US Food Safety and Inspection Service has more information on salmonella.
SOURCE: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, press release, August 24, 2021