Federal health officials said this afternoon that a Salmonella outbreak of unknown origin is spreading rapidly, increasing to 23 states. Now there are 212 patients, which is up by 87 cases since the CDC’s outbreak announcement Tuesday.
“A specific food, grocery store, or restaurant chain has not been identified as the source of this outbreak,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stressed in its outbreak update.” This investigation is active and evolving.”
“CDC encourages people experiencing symptoms of a Salmonella infection to report their illness to their local health department and participate in interviews when the health department calls to ask them about the foods they ate before they got sick. This information is vital for public health officials to identify the source of this outbreak and to take steps to prevent additional illnesses.”
As of today, the mysterious outbreak has infected people in eight additional states: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Virginia.