The FDA has launched a Traceback Investigation to identify the source of the outbreak. 59 cases have been reported so far, no Public Health Advisory has been issued yet. Salmonella Saintpaul has been identified as the strain causing the illnesses.
What is Salmonella Saintpaul?
Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul is a type of pathogenic bacteria, this means that it can cause disease in humans. The bacteria are usually spread through contact with contaminated food or water, or with feces from infected people. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and cause death.
Unlike other more common Salmonella strains that infect people through poultry or raw meats, Salmonella Saintpaul has been historically linked to raw produce outbreaks including tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, and cucumbers.
How can I prevent myself from getting sick?
The best way to prevent foodborne illness is to practice food safety. This means cooking foods thoroughly, washing hands and surfaces often, and avoiding cross-contamination.
What should I do if I think I’m sick?
If you experience any symptoms of foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately. You should also report your illness to the local health department.
Is Salmonella Saintpaul deadly?
While Salmonella Saintpaul is not usually deadly, it can cause serious illness, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.
What is being done to prevent more people from getting sick?
Currently, the FDA is working with state and local health officials to investigate the source of the outbreak. No specific recall has been issued at this time, but the agency is advising consumers to practice food safety measures.
How can I know what foods have been recalled?
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