Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Salmonella outbreak sickens people following multi-state egg recall

Salmonella outbreak sickens people following multi-state egg recall

Thirty-five people have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to the recall of almost 207 million eggs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update this week.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery. The outbreak, which has been traced to a single egg producer, has resulted in 11 hospitalizations.

The recall is the largest since 2010, when a major salmonella outbreak tied to Iowa egg farms sickened more than 1,500 people, said Bill Marler, a Seattle-based personal injury attorney who focuses on food-borne illness litigation. The outbreak spread to almost 40 states and sickened 132 people. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

A total of 35 people contracted salmonella linked to the massive egg recall that was announced in mid-April. The Food and Drug Administration has a list of all of the recalled brands on its outbreak investigation page.

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The recalled eggs were sold in grocery stores and to restaurants under multiple brand names, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups, according to the CDC. The possibly tainted eggs were distributed from the farm between January 11 and April 12.

The FDA said the eggs can potentially be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, which is an organism that could cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The symptoms, which include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, take about 12-72 hours after exposure to take effect. Alternatively, bacteria in the hen's ovary or oviduct can get to the egg before the shell forms around it. The bacteria can also pass through chicken feces getting on the eggs.

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