Salmonella outbreak related to Italian-style meats in 17 states

Aug 25, 2021, 5:16 PM
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a Salmonella outbreak involving Italian-style meats in 17 states, including Utah.

Italian-style meats blamed for outbreak

CDC officials urge anyone who consumes Italian-style meats, such as salami or prosciutto, to heat all such products to reduce the risk. The meats in question could also include the types of cold cuts served in antipasto or on a charcuterie board. 

“Until we identify which Italian-style meats are making people sick, heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or until steaming hot before eating if you are at higher risk,” the CDC said on its website. 

So far, 36 people became sick with Salmonella after eating Italian-style meats in 17 different states, including Utah. 12 people became sick enough to require hospitalization. The CDC continues to investigate the exact source of the outbreak. 

What to know about Salmonella

Salmonella, a type of bacteria, can cause severe illness, with possible symptoms including fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea.

According to the CDC, symptoms typically begin within six hours to six days of ingesting contaminated food. Some people, including children under the age of 5 and adults over 65, or people with weakened immune systems, may be at higher risk for more severe illness.

Most people recover from Salmonella exposure within four to seven days without antibiotics, according to the CDC

If you experience symptoms of severe Salmonella illness, including fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit, diarrhea for more than three days with no improvement, bloody diarrhea, vomiting to the point of being unable to keep liquids down, or signs of dehydration, the CDC recommends contacting your medical provider right away. 

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Salmonella outbreak related to Italian-style meats in 17 states