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    UPDATE, FEB. 23
    The CDC posted updated numbers on the contaminated chicken salad Salmonella outbreak: 65 people have been sickened and 28 of them hospitalized in five states. By state: Iowa 55, Illinois 4, Nebraska 3, Minnesota 2, and Texas 1.

    Although the CDC did not report any cases in South Dakota, that state’s epidemiologist, Dr. Joshua Clayton, confirmed two cases to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper.

    UPDATE, FEB. 22
    Triple T Specialty Meats recalled approximately 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad due to possible Salmonella contamination. The chicken salad was purchased between Jan. 4 and Feb. 9 in various weights from the deli sections of Fareway grocery stores.

    The case count continues to grow in the Salmonella outbreak linked to eating contaminated chicken salad sold by Fareway grocery stores.

    The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) increased the number of reported cases of Salmonella infection to 115. Thirty-seven cases have been confirmed with laboratory tests; 78 cases have been categorized as “probable.” About 20 people have been hospitalized, according to the IDPH.

    Some probable cases are pending confirmation by a laboratory. Others have an epidemiological link to someone who has been confirmed by a lab test.

    The IDPH is defining outbreak cases as any involving people who have become sick since Jan. 1.

    Contaminated chicken salad
    produces two civil lawsuits

    In addition to the increasing case count, two civil lawsuits were filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of Illinois resident Jeff Anderson and married couple Derek and Sarah Porter of South Dakota.

    The federal court cases seek jury trials and unspecified damages. The complaints contend Fareway Stores Inc. had a responsibility to not sell contaminated food.

    contaminated chicken salad

    The case count continues to grow in the Salmonella outbreak linked to contaminated chicken salad sold by Fareway grocery stores.

    Contaminated chicken salad
    was sold in five states

    The contaminated chicken salad was produced between Dec. 15 and Feb. 13, according to a public health alert issued last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service.

    According to the Des Moines Register, the contaminated chicken salad was supplied to Fareway by Triple T Specialty Meats in Ackley, IA.

    Fareway Stores Inc. sold the chicken salad at stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota. Illnesses associated with the contaminated chicken salad have been reported in all five states: two cases in South Dakota, and one each in Illinois, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

    Contaminated chicken salad:
    What is Salmonella?

    Infections caused by Salmonella are quite common in the U.S., according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Salmonella annually sickens about 1 million Americans, with 19,000 victims requiring hospitalization and 380 victims dying.

    Salmonella produces an illness called salmonellosis, symptoms for which usually present within 12 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms can present as early as six hours and as late as three days after ingestion.

    Symptoms usually last four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment.

    Symptoms are numerous and can include:

    • diarrhea, which can be bloody
    • nausea
    • abdominal pain
    • fever
    • headache
    • vomiting
    • dehydration
    • muscle pains.

    Contaminated chicken salad:
    Salmonella complications

    Diarrhea associated with a Salmonella infection sometimes can become so severe that it causes dehydration, which can result in hospitalization.

    When dehydration occurs in certain people — especially young children, senior citizens, pregnant women, transplant recipients, and people with weakened immune systems — the development of complications can be dangerous.

    Complications can include:

    Dehydration: If you don’t drink enough water to replace the fluid you’re losing from diarrhea, you may become dehydrated. Warning signs include:

    • decreased urine output
    • dry mouth
    • sunken eyes
    • decreased production of tears.

    Bacteremia: If Salmonella infection enters the bloodstream (bacteremia), it can infect tissues throughout the body, including:

    • tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
    • lining of the heart or valves (endocarditis)
    • bones and/or bone marrow (osteomyelitis)
    • lining of blood vessels, especially if there is a vascular graft.

    Reactive arthritis: People who have had a Salmonella infection are at higher risk of developing reactive arthritis, or Reiter’s syndrome. Reactive arthritis typically causes:

    • eye irritation
    • painful urination
    • painful joints.