December 4, 2021

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If you do not know where your onions are coming from, discard them to prevent Salmonella, says CDC

(CNN) – More than 600 people in 37 states in the United States have been infected with the Salmonella outbreak, which is linked to a variety of imported onions, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned, “Throw away unnamed onions at home. Do not distribute, eat, sell or serve red, white or yellow onions imported from Mexico across the United States through Prosource Inc.” United States of America (CDC) a Tweet.

The CDC They said 652 people were infected with Salmonella and 129 were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

“Epidemiology and surveillance data show that the source of infection in this eruption was whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed throughout the United States by Prosource Inc.,” CDC said in a statement.

According to epidemiological interviews conducted by the CDC, many people infected with Salmonella ate onions at the same restaurant.

The number of people infected with the salmonella virus may be higher than reported, and may not be limited to the states where the outbreak was reported, the CDC said.

“Many have recovered without medical attention and have not been tested for Salmonella,” the company said.

What are the symptoms of Salmonella?

In addition to throwing away onions, if people develop severe symptoms of Salmonella, they should wash the contact surfaces and see a doctor.

According to the CDC, symptoms of hemorrhagic diarrhea and high fever, extensive vomiting and dehydration usually begin within six to six days of infection.

Federal health officials are investigating whether other onions and suppliers are associated with the infection.

According to the CDC, there are 1.35 million cases of Salmonella in the United States each year, with about 420 deaths. Infection is usually caused by eating animal feces.

Last year, onions were also responsible for the Salmonella outbreak that affected 640 people in more than 40 states.

Last year, the CDC reported that at least 55 people in 12 different states became ill after the salmonella outbreak was linked to dry wood ear fungi. Peaches and their products were withdrawn in 2020 after 101 people in 17 states became ill with fruit-related salmonella poisoning.

CNN’s Virginia Longmaid contributed to this report.

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