Salmonella Outbreak Ground Beef

salmonella_entericaAn outbreak of Salmonella Dublin has infected ten people after they consumed ground beef. Eight were hospitalized and one death out of California has been reported.

The CDC is currently investigating to find the source of the ground beef outbreak, but is yet to announce a recall of all ground beef, and instead is suggesting you thoroughly cook all ground beef to a temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit, before consuming. It is also recommended that you use a digital thermometer for an accurate reading. The CDC also suggests that you require the same when eating out.

Symptoms of Salmonella

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

What is Salmonella Dublin?

  • Salmonella Dublin is a *zoonotic Salmonella enterica serotype (primarily found in cattle) that in recent years has increased in infection incidence, antimicrobial drug resistance, and illness clinical severity.
  • It will mostly affect youngstock between 2 to 5 months old but can also cause abortions in pregnant females.
  • Salmonella dublin is also a serious threat to human health.
  • a higher percentage of persons with Salmonella Dublin infection were hospitalized and died during 2005−2013 (78% hospitalized, 4.2% died) than during 1996–2004 (68% hospitalized, 2.7% died).
  • Salmonella dublin is typically transmitted herd to herd through carriers but can also be spread by infected, yet asymptomatic calves. Carriers are typically yearling heifers or mature cows that show no clinical signs of disease but will consistently or intermittently shed the bacteria in their feces and milk.

Find the CDC release here, of the ground beef salmonella outbreak.

*strain of salmonella that is primarily found in animals (cows), but is now transferring to humans.