11 hospitalized with Salmonella infection

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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ATLANTA – A total of 11 people have been hospitalized after contracting Salmonella Enteritidis linked to ground beef produced by a Cargill Beef facility, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta. No deaths have been reported.

Cargill Beef announced a voluntary recall of more than 29,000 lbs. of ground beef produced at a facility in Wyalusing, Penn., in May after a multi-state investigation into the outbreak pointed to Cargill's ground beef as a likely source of the pathogen. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was able to link illnesses in five people to ground beef made at the Wyalusing plant.

Initially, two of the five victims were hospitalized. That number increased to 11 as of July 24. A total of 33 people from seven states have been infected by the pathogen. FSIS said the infections can be treated with antibiotics.

CDC, state and local health agencies are collaborating on laboratory surveillance to identify additional cases, CDC said. Infected persons range in age from 12 years to 101 years, according to CDC. The agency said the number of affected people identified in each state with the outbreak strain is as follows: Maine (1), Massachusetts (3), New Hampshire (2), New York (14), Rhode Island (1), Virginia (2), and Vermont (10).

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