The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium is responsible for the new rash of sickness across Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Indiana, and Iowa. The youngest victim is 7 years old and the oldest is 89. There have been 62 hospitalizations so far, but no reported deaths.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Leah Bucco-White said the infected Nebraskans were two men and three women, ranging in age from their 50s to their 80s.
Officials say the newly reported ill people likely bought contaminated chicken salad before it was recalled.
Fareway Stores Inc. retailers sold the chicken salad at stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota from January 4 to February 9. However, Triple T failed to announce a recall of its own until February 21, when it pulled 20,600 pounds of chicken salad made January 2-Feb. The store chain pulled the chicken salad from its stores on February 9.
Additional illnesses will likely be reported due to the 2-to-4-week lag time between diagnosis and reports reaching the CDC, according to the agency.
The most recent illness began on February 18. Most of the 170 reported cases fall in Iowa, with 149 confirmed cases. If you don't remember the date when you purchased chicken salad from Fareway, do not eat it. Throw it away or return it to the store.
Most people infected with salmonella experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. However, in some people it takes two weeks for symptoms to develop. The illness lasts about four to seven days. Anyone can become sick with a Salmonella infection, however infants, children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious, extended illness.
Most people recover without treatment, but in some cases, diarrhea can be so severe that patients needs to be hospitalized.