CDC: Latest salmonella outbreak may be linked to crushed beef

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an outbreak of salmonella in six U.S. states, one of which is worse than expected, foreign media reported. The agency says 10 people have been infected with the virus, eight of whom have been hospitalized. In addition, the CDC says one person has died in California from the outbreak.


The CDC released a report on the salmonella outbreak on November 1, local time. In the report, the CDC said it was working with USDA-FSIS to investigate a report of a disease caused by salmonella in Dublin. Since 8 August, reports of diseases have been ongoing, most recently on 8 September.

Officials found that 89 percent of those infected had to be hospitalized in the outbreak, and 50 percent of them tested positive for salmonella in their blood samples, suggesting the infection could be more serious. The CDC says more could be reported in the future, as it takes up to four weeks from onset to reporting outbreaks.

The CDC says that while no specific supplier has been found, officials believe the crushed beef may have been the cause of the outbreak. But instead of asking the public to stop eating crushed beef, the agency warned that the crushed beef must be thoroughly cooked to bring its internal temperature to 160 degrees Fahrenheit (about 72 degrees Celsius). Similarly, people need to be careful about cleaning after they have finished their beef.

In addition, the CDC says people need to carefully separate them from other foods such as fruit when storing ground beef, and that ground beef should be refrigerated within two hours of purchase and eaten within three or four days of purchase.

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