Multi-state outbreak of Salmonella tied to Taco Bell
On August 1, 2010, CDC has announced that it was investigating outbreaks of Salmonella linked to a Mexican fast food chain, which Washington State named as Taco Bell on August 5. There are two strains of Salmonella involved - Salmonella Hartford and Salmonella Baildon. At least 60 percent of the victims with confirmed illnesses had eaten at Taco Bell. As of August 4, 155 people have been confirmed as part of the outbreaks. The Salmonella Hartford outbreak has reported 75 ill in 15 states since April 1. The breakdown by state is Colorado (1 ill), GA (1 ill), IL (5), IN (11), KY (23), MA (2), MI (3), MT (1), NC (1), NH (1), NY (1), OH (19), PA (1), SC (1) and WI (4). The Salmonella Bialdon outbreak has reported 80 ill persons since May 1, 2010. The number of ill people identified in each state with this strain is as follows: CT (1), GA (1), IA (1), IL (20), IN (4), KY (5), MA (1), MI (4), MN (5), NJ (6), NY (2), OH (6), OR (1), WA (1) and WI (22).
Most people infected with Salmonella develop symptoms including diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12–72 hours after infection, which is usually diagnosed by stool sample analysis. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, although more serious illnesses can develop, especially in the young, elderly, and immune-compromised. Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should visit their health care professional for a stool sample to determine if they are infected with Salmonella, and if they are a part of these outbreaks.
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