This is the fifth food-borne Salmonella outbreak of 2011. Previous outbreaks were traced to cantaloupe, turkey, and papayas.
According to a recent update by the CDC, the ongoing outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg has now infected a reported 111 people in 31 states from California to New York, up from 76 cases the previous week. One death has been reported.
Salmonella enteridis bacteria can cause fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Symptoms tend to last four to seven days. Because milder cases of Salmonella are rarely reported, the actual number of infections in any outbreak is almost certainly much higher.
This is the fifth food-borne Salmonella outbreak of 2011. Previous outbreaks were traced to cantaloupe, turkey burgers, alfalfa sprouts and papayas. There were six food-borne outbreaks reported in 2010, two from alfalfa sprouts.
Some experts claim that Salmonella outbreaks are an inevitable consequence of the nation's food production system, where most food is produced industrially and consumed at a distant location. Others claim that Salmonella outbreaks can be avoided by improving food sanitation during production and inspections afterwards.