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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it has ended its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to Duncan Hines cake mixes.

The outbreak of Salmonella Agbeni infections affected seven people across five states: Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. None of the seven was hospitalized.

The first illness in the outbreak occurred on June 13, and the last reported illness was Oct. 5. Ill people range in age from 26 to 72 years, with a median age of 33. Five victims (71 percent) were female.

CDC ends inquiry into Salmonella outbreak linked to Duncan Hines cake mixes

The CDC ended its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to Duncan Hines cake mixes. Seven people became ill in 5 states; no one was hospitalized.

Duncan Hines cake mixes:
huge recall by Conagra Foods

On Nov. 5, the multinational food corporation Conagra Brands recalled about 2.4 million boxes of four varieties of Duncan Hines cake mixes because one flavor tested positive for Salmonella Agbeni. The recall affects 15.25-ounce packages of:

  • Classic White Cake, with “best by” dates of March 7 through March 13, 2019
  • Classic Yellow Cake, with “best by” dates of March 9 through March 13, 2019
  • Classic Butter Golden Cake, with “best by” dates of March 7 through March 9, 2019
  • Signature Confetti Cake, with “best by” dates of March 12 and March 13, 2019.

The recall notice stated that the Duncan Hines cake mixes were distributed to retailers across the United States, and also a “limited” number of international markets. If you have purchased one of these Duncan Hines cake mixes, the CDC advises that you return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Duncan Hines cake mixes:
the No. 1 foodborne illness

The CDC reports that Salmonella bacteria are responsible for as many as 1.2 million foodborne illnesses in the United States annually, making it the most common type of food poisoning. A Salmonella illness is called “salmonellosis,” and it affects the intestinal tract.

The CDC estimates that of the 1.2 million annual cases of infection, 23,000 victims will need to be hospitalized, and about 450 of them will die.

Duncan Hines cake mixes:
salmonellosis symptoms

Salmonellosis generally develops anywhere from 12 hours to 72 hours after one eats food or drinks water contaminated with Salmonella. As with most types of foodborne illnesses, symptoms include:

  • fever
  • chills
  • diarrhea, which can become bloody
  • abdominal cramps
  • vomiting.

Symptoms can last as long as a week, and most victims recover without needing to see their doctor. Sometimes, however, diarrhea becomes so severe that dehydration occurs, and then hospitalization is necessary.

Duncan Hines cake mixes:
disease complications

Salmonellosis complications occur when the Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream. Those complications can produce the following conditions:

  • endocarditis, which is aninfection of the heart’s inner lining that usually involves the heart valves
  • meningitis, which is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord
  • osteomyelitis, which is a bone inflammation that generally targets the arms, legs, and spine
  • reactive arthritis (or Reiter’s syndrome), which is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in response to a Salmonella infection elsewhere in the body.

The groups most at risk of developing complications are children under the age of 5, senior citizens, and people with weakened immune systems, especially pregnant women.

Pregnant women are at a higher risk for complications because their immune systems are suppressed by hormonal changes. A pregnant woman who contracts salmonellosis can suffer a miscarriage, go into premature labor, or experience stillbirth.

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