Health Officials Warn of Salmonella Outbreak

August 03, 2020 10:53am

Idph

The Iowa Department of Public Health has issued a warning of a Salmonella outbreak.  You should not eat, serve, or sell any onions from Thomson International Inc. or products made with these onions. Onion types include red, white, yellow, and sweet varieties.

Check your refrigerator and kitchen for any of these onions or fresh foods made with them. Check the package or look for a sticker on an onion to see if it’s from Thomson International, Inc. If it is, don’t eat it. Throw it away.

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If you can’t tell where your onions are from, don’t eat them. Throw them away.  If you made any foods with onions and you don’t know where they are from, do not eat them. Throw them away, even if no one got sick.  Wash and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with the onions or their packaging, such as countertops, refrigerator drawers, knives, and cutting boards.

The most common symptoms of a Salmonella Infection include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days 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 severe and the patient may need to be hospitalized.

A total of 396 people have been infected with the strain of Salmonella Newport in 34 states. No deaths have been reported, however fifty-nine people have been hospitalized with the illness.

To see details on this outbreak, click this link: CDC Salmonella