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CDC warns of salmonellosis outbreak in salami sticks

Sticks of salami could contain salmonellosis, warns the CDC.

Sticks of salami could contain salmonellosis, warns the CDC.

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The government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned of another salmonellosis outbreak, this time linked to sticks of salami that can be found at the Trader Joe’s supermarket chain.

Unlike the salmonellosis outbreak unveiled this week, linked to onions imported from Mexico and which has affected more than 650 people in 37 states, the one involving the Citterio brand of salami sticks has only affected 20 people in eight states, the federal agency reported Saturday.

Due to neither of the two outbreaks, which together have caused a total of 132 hospitalizations, have there been deaths so far due to this disease caused by the bacterium “Salmonella oranienburg”.

The agency recommends discarding both salami of the aforementioned brand, which can be found in other stores as well, such as white, red or yellow onions that are kept at home without labeling.

Investigators determined days ago that a source of infection is in whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua and distributed in the United States by ProSource Inc., although the agency is investigating whether onions from other suppliers are involved.

Salmonellosis can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.Although in some cases it can cause a serious infection that can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and from there to other parts of the body, and can be fatal if not treated in time with antibiotics.

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