Chicken Salad Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

An outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium has been linked to chicken salad with 170 reported victims in seven states so far.

No death has been reported, but 62 were hospitalized.

An investigation by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Agriculture linked the outbreak to chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats Inc., sold from January 4 to February 9 at Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Sixty-five illnesses were initially reported in a CDC announcement last February 22 and another 105 were reported on Thursday (March 8).

The newly reported ill individuals probably bought contaminated chicken salad before it was recalled on February 21.

Most people infected with salmonella experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The illness lasts about four to seven days.

People generally recover without treatment, but in some cases, diarrhea can be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. In rare cases, salmonella can be deadly unless a patient receives prompt treatment with antibiotics.

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