Salmonella Outbreak From Possible Fast Food Containers Hits Connecticut
A mysterious salmonella outbreak, which has affected more than 300 people across the country has now been found in Connecticut as well.
The outbreak, which has had many health officials stumped, seems to be linked to fast food containers. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confirming that at least five people in Connecticut have been hospitalized in connection with this latest outbreak.
Officials say the investigators found traces of Salmonella Oranienburg in a restaurant take out container that included lime and cilantro.
Since August, this particular salmonella outbreak has hit 29 states with Texas, Oklahoma, and Illinois being hit the hardest. New York state has also reported a few cases linked to this current outbreak.
According to patch.com, the number of cases from this strain of salmonella has doubled since September 15. The CDC first reported on this outbreak on August 3.
If you have been infected with salmonella, symptoms can appear anywhere from six hours to six days after exposure, and symptoms can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.
Most of the time recovery may take less than a week, however younger children, 5 years old or less, and adults over the age of 65 may experience more severe illness that could even require hospitalization.
The CDC is also saying the outbreak may be larger then is being reported due to two different factors. The first being that it usually takes three to four weeks for health officials to make the determination if someone with these symptoms are part of the current outbreak, and secondly, many people with salmonella never talk to a doctor and recover without even being tested for the bacteria.
The CDC has put together a set of guidelines for people to follow if you think you have been infected with this or any type of salmonella.
Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Diarrhea and a fever of higher then 102 degrees
- Diarrhea for more then three days
- Bloody stools
- Vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down
- Signs of dehydration that include making very little urine, dry mouth and throat, and dizziness when standing up.