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Salmonella outbreak in 17 states linked to Italian-style meats, CDC says

A pair of salmonella outbreaks that have sickened 36 people in 17 states have been linked to salami, prosciutto and other meats, the CDC reported.
/ Source: TODAY

A pair of salmonella outbreaks connected to Italian-style meats that have sickened 36 people across 17 states are being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC said in a news release on Thursday that interviews with sick people and their shopping records revealed that most people consumed Fratelli Beretta brand uncured antipasto trays. The product may include coppa, prosciutto, salami or soppressata with "best by" dates on or before February 11, 2022 that were sold nationwide. The investigation is ongoing to determine if other prepackaged Italian-style meats are also linked to salmonella infections. This does not include Italian-style meats sliced at a deli.

No deaths have been reported, but 12 people out of the 36 who became sick had to be hospitalized, according to the CDC.

The agency recommends immediately throwing away Fratelli Beretta brand uncured antipasto trays with a "best by" date of on or before February 11, 2022, as well as any prepackaged Italian-style meats that are unlabeled. People 65 and over, children under 5 and those with weakened immune systems or taking medication that lowers the bodies ability to fight germs are considered to be at a higher risk for severe illness from salmonella.

Severe salmonella symptoms include diarrhea and a fever higher than 102 degrees, diarrhea for more than three days, bloody diarrhea, excessive vomiting and signs of dehydration.

The CDC recommends contacting your health provider immediately if you're experiencing any of the severe symptoms, as most people infected with salmonella get a fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea and recover within four to seven days without treatment. Symptoms usually begin six hours to six days after ingesting the bacteria.

The latest outbreak comes after the CDC warned backyard poultry farmers in May not to "kiss or snuggle backyard poultry" or eat or drink around them because it can spread salmonella germs into their mouths and result in illness.