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article imageSalmonella Outbreak Spreads Through 42 States

By Scott Campbell     Jan 7, 2009 in Health
A salmonella outbreak which has infected nearly 400 people in 42 different states is being investigated by the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
In Ohio, at least 52 people have been sickened with salmonella since October 2008.
California, has reported a similar 51 cases as of last week. Michigan had 20 cases, and seven people were hospitalized.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control will surely be hoping that they can wipe this out before it masses to the scale of the 2008 salmonella outbreak.
The Center for Disease Control have issued the following guidelines for preventing Salmonella:
* Cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat or drink foods containing raw eggs, or raw (unpasteurized) milk.
* If you are served undercooked meat, poultry or eggs in a restaurant, don't hesitate to send it back to the kitchen for further cooking.
* Wash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat or poultry.
* Be particularly careful with foods prepared for infants, the elderly, and the immunocompromised.
* Wash hands with soap after handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks, and after contact with pet feces.
* Avoid direct or even indirect contact between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes) and infants or immunocompromised persons.
* Don't work with raw poultry or meat, and an infant (e.g., feed, change diaper) at the same time.
* Mother's milk is the safest food for young infants. Breastfeeding prevents salmonellosis and many other health problems.
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