CDC investigates salmonella outbreak in 23 states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a salmonella outbreak in 23 states, with reports of hundreds of sick people.

The federal agency announced in a statement on Friday 87 additional diseases, and eight new states had been affected since the last update on the matter on Tuesday.

The statement added that as of July 23, a total of 212 people have been infected with the salmonella strain, and 38 of the infections come from new states: Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, Dakota. South and Virginia.

The agency noted that a specific source for the salmonella strain has not been identified, and there are currently no warnings against the consumption or consumption of particular foods, nor are there links to specific retailers that could be supplying contaminated products.

Infected people reported illnesses beginning June 19 and July 11. According to the CDC, it can take up to two to four weeks for symptoms of Salmonella to appear in patients.

Public health officials are interviewing patients to investigate the origin of the recent outbreak. Thirty-one patients have been hospitalized as a result of infections, and zero deaths have been reported.

According to CDC state data, Oregon had the most salmonella cases with 51 reported infections. Utah followed closely with 40 reported cases.

The agency said symptoms of a salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. People sick with the bacteria generally have symptoms from six hours to six days after being exposed.

The CDC advises anyone who may be experiencing symptoms to call a health care provider and report what they ate a week before they got sick.

In rare cases, salmonella infections can be fatal. People with weakened immune systems, children under 5, and adults over 65 are more likely to have severe symptoms of the disease.