More than 206 million eggs are being recalled from supermarkets because they may have been contaminated with salmonella.
Salmonella infections sicken 1.2 million people in the US every year, leading to about 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths.
Infections are most common in young children and most severe among infants, older people, and people with weakened immune systems.
Most people get better in four to seven days with rest and rehydration, but some severe cases require antibiotics.
Every year in the US, about 1 million people get salmonella infections from food that has been contaminated by one of the many kinds of salmonella bacteria.
On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of more than 206 million eggs in supermarkets and grocery chains including Food Lion and Walmart. So far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that there have been at least 35 illnesses and 11 hospitalizations related to the outbreak. (You can check whether your eggs have been recalled on the FDA website.)
Eggs and dairy products are one of the most common sources of the foodborne illness, but infections with salmonella — which cause an illness known as salmonellosis — also come from eating poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, spices, and nuts, among other things. In April, an outbreak linked to the herbal supplement kratom sickened at least 132 people in 38 states.
Some people also get sick by interacting with animals, especially reptiles, amphibians, and birds.
How people get salmonella and how the infection can be treated
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are roughly 1.2 million cases of salmonella infections each year in the US, with an annual average of 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths.
Children, especially those under 5, are at the highest risk, and illnesses caused by these infections …read more
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