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Italian-Style Meats Like Salami, Prosciutto, and Pepperoni Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC has released a statement announcing an investigation of two salmonella outbreaks linked to Italian-style meats like salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni. These foods, which are cured but uncooked, are typically found on charcuterie boards and antipasto assortments, or in sandwiches or on pizza.

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The investigation was launched on August 24 and is still active. As of right now, 17 states have been affected, with a total of 36 people falling ill and 12 being hospitalized. Investigators are still unsure whether or not the two outbreaks are linked.

Who’s at risk?

According to the CDC, anyone can become sick from salmonella bacteria, but those who are over 65, immune compromised, or take medication that lowers one’s ability to fight germs are at an increased risk. Children under the age of five are also more likely to become very sick from salmonella poisoning. TK WHAT ABOUT IF YOU ARE PREGNANT?

How to Tell If You Have Salmonella Poisoning

If you’ve come into contact with salmonella, the CDC says that symptoms will start somewhere between six hours and six days after ingesting the bacteria. Most people can recover without treatment in four to seven days, but you’ll need to see a doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days
  • Fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Blood in the stool
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Signs of dehydration such as dry mouth, dizziness, and decreased urination

In the meantime, the CDC recommends that we should either stop consuming Italian-style meats or be sure to prepare them safely until the investigation is closed. “Until we identify which Italian-style meats are making people sick, heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit or until steaming hot before eating if you are at higher risk,” the statement reads.

Better safe than sorry!

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