One woman dead from salmonella similar to Fareway outbreak

A woman in eastern Iowa has died from salmonella contamination that was similar to that found in Fareway brand chicken salad, which was recently recalled. Investigations were not able to interview the woman before she died to determine whether she had eaten the Fareway chicken salad, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the salmonella as matching that of the recent outbreak.

Although the salmonella outbreak was linked by CDC evidence to the Fareway chicken salad, investigators have said they cannot definitively pinpoint the cause of the woman’s death as being related to the salmonella found in that product. The recalled chicken salad was made by Triple T Specialty Meats between January 2 and February 7. The tainted product was sold in Fareway stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. All chicken salad products were pulled from the shelves on February 9 and none has been sold to consumers since.

The salmonella outbreak resulted in illnesses in 265 people across 8 states, with 94 people being hospitalized. Illnesses were reported in consumers ranging from 1 year to 89 years old, between January 8 and March 20. The CDC has declared the outbreak related to Fareway chicken salad to be over as of April 6.

Salmonellosis, the infection caused by salmonella bacteria, often results in acute gastroenteritis, an illness that usually results in diarrhea and/or vomiting due to severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by the bacteria. It can sometimes lead to death.

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