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The ground beef Salmonella outbreak from contaminated JBS Tolleson products continues to grow, increasing to 333 people sickened in 28 states.

According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 people have been hospitalized, nearly 30 percent of those sickened.

The CDC’s investigation into the ground beef Salmonella outbreak added 87 ill people from 16 states since the last update on Nov. 15. States with newly reported illnesses include Michigan, Mississippi, and West Virginia.

Other statistics include:

  • Illnesses started on dates ranging from Aug. 5 to Nov. 9.
  • Ill people range in age from less than 1 year old to 99, with a median age of 40.
  • Fifty-two percent of those sickened are male.

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: huge recall grows, too

JBS Tolleson, the world’s largest producer of beef products, recalled about 7 million pounds of ground beef products on Oct. 4. That recall grew by a little more than 5 million pounds on Dec. 4.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said that the more than 12 million pounds of products that contain raw ground beef were produced between July 26 and Sept. 7 by JBS USA at its JBS Tolleson, Inc., processing plant in Tolleson, Arizona. (JBS Tolleson is based in Brazil but has a U.S. branch that initially was created in 2007.)

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) “is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” the agency said. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: 333 ill, 91 hospitalized – and growing

The ground beef Salmonella outbreak from contaminated JBS Tolleson products continues to grow, increasing to 333 people sickened and 91 hospitalized. More than 12 million pounds of ground beef products have been recalled.

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: numerous retailers

Among the hundreds of products on the list are JBS Tolleson ground beef products sold at Sam’s Club stores in more than 24 states, as well as Walmart stores in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Some products were packaged with the brand names Kroger, Cedar River Farms Natural Beef, and Gourmet Burger.

The USDA said the products were sold at stores across the country. The packages have an establishment number “EST. 267” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: salmonellosis

Salmonella bacteria sicken as many as 1.2 million Americans yearly, according to the CDC. Ingesting the bacteria results in an illness called salmonellosis, which affects the intestinal tract and is one of the most common types of food poisoning.

Of the 1.2 million annual cases of infection, the CDC says that approximately 23,000 victims will need to be hospitalized, and about 450 of them will die. Salmonellosis can develop anywhere from 12-72 hours after eating food contaminated with Salmonella.

As with most types of food poisoning, symptoms can include:

  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps
  • vomiting
  • chills
  • fever.

Symptoms can last as long as a week, and most people recover without needing to see a health-care professional. Sometimes, however, diarrhea becomes so severe that dehydration occurs and hospitalization is required.

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: complications

People most at risk for developing complications are children under the age of 5, senior citizens, and anyone with a weakened immune system, most predominantly pregnant women.

Salmonellosis complications can occur when the bacteria enter the bloodstream and produce conditions such as:

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

Pregnant women are at a higher risk for contracting salmonellosis because hormonal changes weaken their immune systems. A pregnant woman who becomes sick from Salmonella can suffer a miscarriage, go into premature labor, or experience stillbirth.

Ground beef Salmonella outbreak: free consultation

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