Italian deli meat linked to multi-state outbreak

If you’re in the mood for Italian, it’s best to avoid deli meats or Charcuterie for the time being. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that a dozen people have been hospitalized with Salmonella, and two dozen have been sickened as of August 24. This multi-state outbreak involves two different strains of salmonella.

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What’s the source of the outbreak?

Those who were sickened reported eating salami, prosciutto, and other deli meats found in antipasto or Charcuterie assortments. “Investigators are working to identify specific contaminated products and determine if the two outbreaks are linked to the same food source,” the CDC said.

“Until we identify which Italian-style meats are making people sick, heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot before eating if you are at higher risk,” the CDC advised.

Those at risk for a more severe reaction include those who are 65 years or older, 5 years or younger, have a chronic health or immune-compromising condition, or take medications that lower the body’s immune response.

The actual case count for both outbreaks is likely much larger, as it can take weeks for reports of illness to be alerted, counted, and investigated. In addition, many people could have mild illnesses that are not reported.

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Salmonella cases

A strain of salmonella called Typhimurium infected a group of 23 people from 14 states between the end of May and July 27, reports the CDC. Laboratory testing found that 20 of these cases were resistant to common antibiotics such as chloramphenicol, streptomycin, sulfamethoxazole, and tetracycline.

Another 13 people were infected between early May and the end of June with a strain called Salmonella Infantis, which typically strikes children under 2. Those sickened ranged in age from 1 to 74 years; of those, three have reportedly been hospitalized.
Nine people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported.

The states involved in the Typhimurium outbreak are:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Washington
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Indiana

The states involved in the Infantis strain outbreak include:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Texas
  • New York
  • Minnesota
  • New York


Symptoms of Salmonella

Symptoms of salmonella usually begin within 12 to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. Symptoms can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever that lasts between four and seven days, the CDC said.

Most people recover on their own, but those who experience persistent diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. In rare cases, the infection can enter the bloodstream and cause severe illness.

If you have suffered a foodborne illness through no fault of your own,