One person has died and eight others have been hospitalized in a Salmonella epidemic, possibly linked to ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Laboratory tests show that ground beef is the "likely source" of the latest epidemic, but that no "single, common ground beef supplier" has been identified, according to the CDC.
There are 10 known people from six states who have been infected and the disease in this outbreak is more severe than expected from typical salmonella infections, in which typically only 25% require some type of hospitalization, according to the CDC. [1
Most people infected with Salmonella according to the CDC experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria.
The disease usually lasts from four to seven days. The people most susceptible to bacteria are children under the age of 5 and adults over 65, according to the CDC.
At this time, the CDC did not advise retailers to stop selling ground beef, nor did they ask people to stop eating carefully cooked meat.
The CDC, in conjunction with the Food Safety and Food Inspection Service of the United States and other public health agencies, is investigating the multilateral outbreak of Salmonella infections.