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Salmonella Outbreak Hits 388 across US

by 5m Editor
8 January 2009, at 6:14am

US - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 388 people across the country have been struck by <em>Salmonella typhimurium</em> since September. CDC says cheese and eggs are the most common source of this strain although it has yet to identify the origin of this outbreak.

An outbreak of salmonella food poisoning has made 388 people sick across 42 states, sending 18 percent of them to the hospital, US health officials told Reuters on 7 January.

The CDC is trying to trace the source of the outbreak, which began in September. The Department of Agriculture, state health officials and the Food and Drug Administration are also involved.

The CDC said poultry, cheese and eggs are the most common source of this particular strain, known as Salmonella typhimurium.

"It is often difficult to identify sources of foodborne outbreaks. People may not remember the foods they recently ate and may not be aware of all of the ingredients in food. That's what makes these types of investigations very difficult," said CDC spokesman, David Daigle.