Health authorities in the United States are investigating a new outbreak of salmonella, which has been linked to a concrete product and which has left at least 18 people sick, in two hospitals, in six states of the nation.
The uproar is linked to “Papa Murphy’s” raw chocolate chip cookie dough, which was temporarily sold as raw dough for cookies and S’mores closures, according to the Centers for Disease Control. and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Not all of the 18 cases of salmonella were linked to people who ate the product, but many were, according to the CDC.
These are the states where Salmonella cases have been reported.
“The actual number of people sickened in this outbreak is likely to be much higher than the reported number, and the outbreak may not be limited to known disease states,” the CDC said. “This is because many recover without medical attention and have not been tested for salmonella.”
Those who still have this product in their freezer should throw it away immediately, health authorities recommend.
WHAT IS SALMONELLA?
Salmonella bacteria causes approximately 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths each year, according to the CDC.
Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach pains after exposure to the bacteria. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.
patients usually recover without treatment. However, some may end up in the hospital, including children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 65, and people with weakened immune systems.
To prevent salmonella infection, the CDC recommends washing and washing fruits and vegetables with your hands frequently before eating, cutting, or peeling them.
Be sure to separate foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains (or foods that are not cooked before eating) away from raw meat, poultry, and shellfish. Always cook at a temperature high enough to kill the seeds and refrigerate perishable foods within two hours.