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1 dead, 10 ill after several state Salmonella outbreaks related to ground beef



(KWCH / CDC) A Salmonella outbreak related to minced meat has killed one person and sickened ten others in six states, including Kansas.

The U.S. The Centers for Disease Control issued an investigation warning Friday after Salmonella cases were reported in California, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma.

The CDC said that the strain of Salmonella Dublin is "more severe" than typical strains. Epidemiological evidence and laboratory evidence indicate that ground beef is a likely source of this outbreak. However, a supplier has not yet been identified.

In interviews, people who bought ground beef say they bought different types and brands from many different places. Diseases started on dates from August 8, 201

9 to September 22, 2019. Diseases range in age from 48 to 74, with a median age of 68.

Health officials say there may also be several unreported cases out there.

"Diseases may not have been reported yet due to the time it takes between when someone gets sick and when the disease is reported," the CDC alert states.

It may take up to four weeks for salmonella to be reported. The CDC advises consumers to make sure that the minced meat is cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees before eating.

CDC also advises raw meat handlers to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after contact. Any surfaces or utensils that were exposed to raw ground beef should be cleaned.

For more information about the outbreak, visit the CDC website.


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