According to the CDC, there are approximately 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths each year in the United States caused by salmonella. Most healthy adults are sick for four to seven days and are able to get better without special treatment.
The FDA said the voluntary recall is the result of 22 illnesses reported in East Coast states, which led to extensive interviews and an inspection of the Hyde County farm. Federal and state officials have been investigating the outbreak since early March.
Some people also get sick by interacting with animals, especially reptiles, amphibians, and birds. Bill Marler, an attorney who specializes in food-borne illness, told the newspaper that this outbreak was easier to spot because the type of salmonella bacteria is less common.
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The bacteria live in the intestinal tract of animals. This situation was a departure from past food safety scandals - prosecutors had proof, for example, that Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell knowingly distributed salmonella-tainted peanut butter, which killed nine people and sickened 714 in 2008.
Symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
But some people can become so dehydrated that they need to be hospitalized, the CDC says. The infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other parts of the body. For egg dishes, such as casseroles, the food should be cooked until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit (71 degrees Celsius). According to Statista, Americans consume 274 eggs per person annually.
Leftovers should be refrigerated within two hours, or one hour in very hot conditions. If you think you or a family member might be suffering from salmonella, see your doctor immediately.
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