Washington's Salmonella outbreak increases to 90 cases
This ongoing outbreak is currently being investigated by federal, local and state public health agencies. In light of the rise in cases, state health officials have requested a special team from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with the ongoing investigation. These “disease detectives” are scheduled to be in Washington next week.
The main purpose of the investigation is to determine whether the outbreak originated from exposure between the table and the farm. There is a connection between contamination from raw pork and consumption of the pork, though no source has been found as of now. These cases of exposure appear to be connected to roasted pigs that are served and cooked at only private events.
All of the Salmonella cases are from the same Salmonella bacteria strain known as Salmonellosis. The infections causes severe, sometimes bloody diarrhea, chills, fever, vomiting and abdominal discomfort. Dangerous bloodstream infections may also happen.
To avoid contracting the illness, health officials have warned pork consumers to use a meat thermometer to guarantee that the meat has been thoroughly cooked. Consumers should also wash their hands with soap and water when preparing food.