One person in California died and nine others fell ill in a six-state salmonella outbreak linked to meat dough, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A total of 10 people were infected with salmonella Dublin, including two people in California, three in Colorado, two in Kansas and one each in Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas.
Authorities described the outbreaks of the disease as "more severe than expected for salmonella," according to the CDC news release. Of those who became ill, eight were hospitalized, including the unidentified Californian who died.
Although health personnel has not identified a single provider at the center of the outbreak, laboratory testing found that meat dough is a likely source of the disease after six patients reported eating ground beef at home, officials said.
Patients reported eating different types and brands of meat dough purchased from different locations.
The Salmonella strain became found in a packed lunch box left in a patient's home in California, and in six samples of raw beef products from slaughterhouses and kitchens cuttings plant, said the CDC.
The strain is closely related to that of the sick patients, according to health professionals.
Most people infected with the food-borne illness get diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
Although most recover within four to seven days without treatment, some serious cases may require hospitalization.
19659008] "The CDC does not advise that consumers stop eating thoroughly cooked minced meat, or that retailers stop selling ground beef," the federal public health organization said. "This outbreak is a reminder that raw and undercooked ground beef can have bacteria in it that can make you sick and contaminate areas where food is being cooked."
Officials advised consumers to handle ground beef carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.
The investigation of the outbreak is ongoing and no further details were immediately available.