An outbreak of salmonella has affected some calves from Wisconsin. The problem is that this is drug-resistant salmonella which means that this salmonella bacterium doesn’t respond to any treatment.
This is a multistate outbreak because salmonella was found in some dairy bull calves and many people have been affected. More than 20 people are now sick because of this drug-resistant salmonella. Almost half of them are now in the hospital. Fortunately, nobody died from this bacterium.
The people who were affected by this outbreak are aged between 1 and 71. The state that was the most affected is Wisconsin. 12 people from Wisconsin are now infected. 90% of these people had indirect or direct contact with the dairy calves that were infected.
The biggest problem is that most of these affected were under 12 years old. Children are more sensitive and this is why they tend to get sick much faster than others.
This problem was discovered in July when a teenager was sick and was taken to the doctor. The boy consumed some of the infested products. The boy is now well and has fully recovered. He did not need hospitalization in order to recover from this salmonella infestation.
The source of the infestation was found. The CDC mentioned that they are investigating this case of drug-resistant salmonella. They need to found how did the calves get infected and where they were sold. They need to know these details before anyone else gets sick.
Salmonella outbreaks are a common problem, especially when it comes to dairy products. First of all state health officials need to find out more about this salmonella outbreak and try to get in under control.
The states that were affected by this drug-resistant salmonella outbreak are South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, California, Oklahoma, and Idaho. No more people were infected after this salmonella outbreak was discovered.
In order to prevent this from happening again, health officials are warning people to stay alerted, to wash their hands if they are taking care of animals and to keep the places in which the animals live clean. There is no warning issued against consuming dairy and beef products that are related to this outbreak.
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