Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak

Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak

The outbreak has worsened in recent weeks, with the number of people getting sick because of the bacteria jumping to nearly three dozen.

Nine states have reported illnesses: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and SC.

Public health officials expect additional cases to be confirmed because of the lag time from the time a person develops symptoms to the time the CDC receives confirmation lab reports and notifications from state and local officials.

At least 35 people have been reported falling ill from salmonella in nine states, leading to a multi-state recall of over 200 million eggs.

Consumers, restaurants and retailers are still advised not to eat, serve or sell recalled eggs produced by Rose Acre Farms' Hyde County farm.

In grocery stores, the eggs were sold under the following brands: Country Daybreak; Crystal Farms; Coburn Farms; Sunshine Farms; Glenview; Great Value (Walmart's store brand), and Food Lion's store brand. Eggs sold at Publix and branded as Sunups are marked with plant number P-1359D, pack date 048A or 049A and best-by dates of April 02 and April 03. Nine states have reported infected people.

Evidence continues to suggest that the origin of the salmonella bacteria outbreak is Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms - specifically one of the company's farm facilities in Hyde County, N.C.

"Which eggs have Salmonella and which ones don't?" said Food Safety Guy Lars Johnson. Symptoms usually include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps which set in about 12 to 72 hours after infection, and last four to seven days.

More than 500 million eggs from two Iowa farms owned and controlled by Austin J. DeCoster were recalled that year.

Of the 25 people for whom complete information is available, 88 percent, or 22 people, reported eating shell eggs before becoming sick.

For a full list of recalled brands, consumers are urged to check the Food and Drug Administration's website. No deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

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