A multistate salmonella outbreak, which is apparently linked to ground beef, has left at least one person dead and another eight people in hospital, health officials said.
The "likely source" of the outbreak that has affected people in six states is ground beef. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is unclear where the outbreak originated, as health professionals said a "sole, regular supplier" of minced meat has not been identified.
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The outbreak has been reported in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, Texas and Colorado, where at least three cases have been reported, officials said in a press release Friday. One death, in California, has been linked to the outbreak.
Those who reported being ill with salmonella reported that "ate different types and brands of minced dough purchased from many different places," the CDC said. Salmonella was identified in "repackaged food meat recovered from a nurse's home in California."
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Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States each year, according to the federal agency. Those infected with the bacterial disease experience diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever about six hours to four days after being exposed, and it usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover from salmonella without treatment.