The epidemic of multi-stage salmonella, apparently linked to ground beef, has left at least one person dead and eight others hospitalized, health officials said.
The "likely source" of the epidemic affecting people in six states is ground beef, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is not clear where the epidemic came from, as health officials said a "single, common supplier" of ground beef has not been identified.
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There have been reports of an epidemic in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Texas and Colorado, where at least three cases have been reported, officials said in a press release Friday. A death in California is linked to a hearth.
Those who report that they become ill with salmonella report that they "eat different types and brands of ground beef purchased from many different places," the CDC says. Salmonella was identified in a "repackaged veal of beef collected from a sick man's home in California."
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Salmonella causes approximately 1.2 million diseases and 450 deaths in the United States each year, according to the federal agency. Those infected with the bacterial disease experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever approximately six hours to four days after exposure, and usually lasts four to seven days. Most people usually recover from salmonella without treatment.