Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak in Midwest Linked to Ground Beef

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Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC has announced that an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium tied to tainted ground beef has sickened at least 16 people in five states.

Most people that were sickened with the Salmonella Typhimurium are located in the Midwest. Most of the illnesses have been in Michigan, but a few cases were scattered in Arizona, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

To break it down in numbers to each state it goes something like this, three from Michigan, three from Wisconsin, two from Illinois, and one from Iowa.

Salmonella Outbreak

The likely sources of the outbreak have been identified as ground beef products sold by two retail stores in Michigan; Jouni Meats Inc. in Sterling Heights and Gab Halal Foods in Troy.

DNA fingerprinting confirmed that all 16, ranging in age from 2 to 87, were infected with the same strain of Salmonella.

It’s being reported that of the 16 people infected, seven of them ate a raw ground beef dish called kibbeh (kib-BEH’) on December 7 and 8 at a suburban Detroit restaurant that wasn’t identified. Health officials want to remind consumers that they should not eat uncooked meat.

“The restaurant served raw beef to customers and had acquired the raw beef from two retailers,” the CDC said in a statement, without naming the restaurant.

According to the CDC, Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods of Troy both have recalled 500 pounds of ground beef products. These products were produced between Dec. 4 and Dec. 9 and sold directly to consumers at Jouni Meats Inc. between Dec. 4 and Dec. 10 and distributed to the restaurant or sold directly to consumers at Gab Halal.

The CDC is urging consumers to dispose of any remaining recalled product in their home or return the product to the place of purchase. ¬†They state: “Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause Salmonella, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or those undergoing chemotherapy.”

The most common symptoms of Salmonella Typhimurium are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours, with illness lasting 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment but some do require a hospital stay.

With the most recent Salmonella poisoning  of the 13 people for whom information is available, seven required hospitalization, but thankfully, no one died.

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