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Salmonella Outbreak in Montana Similar to Strain Found in Other States

Jan 8, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

A Salmonella outbreak in Montana involves the same strain as Salmonella infecting people in  other states around the country, including  Texas, a Montana TV  Station has reported.  According to a report filed by KULR8 in Yellowstone County, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not been able to determine the source of the Salmonella poisoning, or if the outbreaks involved the same point of origin.  Right now, health officials in the affected states are conducting interviews with Salmonella victims in hopes of finding clues to the outbreaks’ origins.

Salmonella is a potentially deadly type of food poisoning, symptoms of which included fever, abdominal pain, nausea, gas and bloody diarrhea. Symptoms appear within 36 hours of exposure, and usually last four to seven days. In very severe cases, Salmonella can lead to kidney failure and other complications. Salmonella can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. Some victims of Salmonella will develop a disease called Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult- to- treat condition that causes severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes, and painful urination. Reiter’s Syndrome can plague its victims for months or years, and can lead to chronic arthritis.   According to the CDC, Salmonella bacteria sicken 40,000 people every year. Although the true number could be much higher, because it is estimated that for every case of Salmonella poisoning reported, two others are unreported.

Health officials in  Montana will be sending information on the Salmonella outbreaks to the CDC to see if they are connected.  A  spokesperson with the Yellowstone County  health department  old KULR-8 that the CDC  will use a computer program to sort through interviews from Salmonella victims to try to determine the source of the bacterial contamination.

Salmonella  contamination has been reported from a number of sources in recent years. Last year, raw tomatoes served at restaurants around the country sickened dozens. And this summer over 700 people in the Chicago area became ill from Salmonella after they ate at the Pars Cove Restaurant food booth at the Taste of Chicago Food Festival. Last month, a Quiznos restaurant in Minnesota was implicated in a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least10 people. Other Salmonella outbreaks   have also been linked to Peter Pan and Great Value Peanut Butter, and to Banquet Pot Pies, all of which were made by ConAgra Foods.  In the past few weeks, Green Paradise Basil and Safeway Ground Beef have been recalled for Salmonella contamination.  


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