Salmonella Sickens 388 Across 42 States

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2009 7:29 PM CST

(Newser) – The CDC is investigating another salmonella outbreak. About 400 people in 42 states have gotten sick over the past three months, but investigators still don't know the source, Reuters reports. The usual culprits for this particular strain are cheese and undercooked poultry and eggs. Of those sickened, about 70 had to be hospitalized. Ohio has reported 51 cases, but no details were available on other hot spots.

"Because foods of animal origin may be contaminated with salmonella, people should not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat," said a CDC spokesman.  People "also should not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy products. Produce should be thoroughly washed."

The salmonella outbreak has sickened nearly 400 people, but the CDC isn't yet sure of its source.   (Flickr)
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People may not remember the foods they recently ate and may not be aware of all of the ingredients in food. That's what makes these types of investigations very difficult. - CDC spokesman David Daigle

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