The CDC and Prevention has reported the cases on Friday afternoon. The number of people hospitalized is much greater then health officials would expect from salmonella cases. 8 out of 10 individuals were hospitalized in this case. This is higher then the normal 20% hospitalization rate associated with salmonella.
The current investigations are blaming tainted ground beef. However, health officials have not been able to single out a specific brand or source. No recalls have been issued regarding this case.
Investigators are reporting that the people who got sick said they ate a variety of ground beef brands. The brands were also purchased from multiple locations. This is leading to difficulty in pin pointing a source.
The reported cases came from Colorado, California, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Texas. Most of the people who have fallen ill are men between the ages of 48 and 74.
Experts are suggesting that people avoid consuming beef that’s not cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Symptoms of poisoning from Salmonella include: diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Those at the greatest risk are very young children and those over age 65.