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CDC reports on Salmonella outbreak

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The (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have just release a report on the outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that are linked to Tyson brand chicken that is mechanically separated.

The report states that 9 people incarcerated at a correctional facility in Tennessee have been infected with the strain of Salmonella. Two people have been hospitalized and no deaths as of this report.

The report states that: ‘Tyson foods have recalled around 33,840 pounds of the mechanically separated chicken products that could possibly be contaminated.’

Salmonella is one type of food poisoning that can lead to severe infections in older adults, young children and in people who have impaired immune systems.

The symptoms range from mild such as fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea to very serious infections such as unbearable abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and dehydration that have been known to kill the more vulnerable people as those mentioned above.

Ways to help protect yourself and your family from becoming infected with Salmonella poisoning are:

Always wash your hands under warm water with soap before and after handling food.

Do not eat raw or undercooked poultry, seafood, meat, or eggs.

Always wash all your fresh fruits and vegetable thoroughly under warm running water before eating.

Use bleach and toughly wash your kitchen counter tops and any other surfaces that come in contact with raw foods.

If you think a piece of meat, fruit or vegetable might be infected with salmonella do not eat it, throw it away, it’s not worth chancing an infection that has the potential to kill you or a family member.

Some pet reptiles such as snakes and turtles may also carry the salmonella bacteria and some pet birds could be infected. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water especially after touching these pets and cleaning reptile and bird cages. The feces of these animals could have the salmonella infection.

Visit: Food Safety for information on keeping your food safe and they also have information on recalls and alerts.

The (CDC) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are located in Atlanta Georgia for information on diseases and conditions, emergency preparedness, environmental health, workplace health and safety, statistics and data, or global health you can visit: CDC or call 800-232-4636.

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