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37 States Across US and Mexico Reportedly Affected By Salmonella Disease Outbreak Which Is Being Linked To Whole Onions

Public health authorities have traced a salmonella outbreak affecting people in 37 states back to whole onions imported from Mexico. Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are urging consumers to check where their onions came from and, if the source is unclear, toss them.

As of Wednesday, 652 Salmonella illnesses and 129 hospitalizations from the disease have been reported in 37 states, According to the CDC, Texas has the most cases in the ongoing outbreak with 158, followed by Oklahoma with 98 cases. Virginia has 59 cases, Maryland 58, Illinois 37, Wisconsin 25, Minnesota 23, and Missouri has 21 cases.

Other states with cases have 14 or fewer cases are Kansas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, California, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, North Dakota, Alabama, Iowa, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia, Mississippi, Oregon, Colorado, Indiana, and West Virginia. But the number of cases is likely higher than the amount reported due to the time it takes to classify a sick person as part of the outbreak and how often those with Salmonella recover without being tested or receiving medical care, according to the CDC. 

Salmonella infection (salmonellosis) is a common bacterial disease that affects the intestinal tract. Humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.

Salmonella Poisoning Symptoms

Most of the signs and symptoms of a salmonella infection are stomach-related. They include:

Cramps in your stomach

Bloody poop

Diarrhea

Cold and chills

Fever

Headache

Upset stomach

Throwing up

Symptoms tend to start 8 to 72 hours after infection. Most symptoms usually don’t last more than a week, but it can take several months for your bowel movements to get back to normal. The illness can sometimes cause severe disease, like infection of the urine, blood, bones, joints, spinal fluid, and brain. Immunocompromised people and those under the age of 5 or older than 65 are more at risk for severe illnesses. 

When should I call a doctor?

See your doctor if you’re still having the general symptoms listed above for more than a week after first getting the infection. And also see a doctor if you have consumed onions from the U.S and Mexico.

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