Salmonella outbreak: 5 times food-borne illnesses wreaked havoc in Ohio

More people are becoming sick from a salmonella outbreak that caused a massive egg product recall in several states including Ohio.

Salmonella accounts for more than 1 million illnesses and 450 deaths in the United States annually. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infection routinely appears as the cause of recalls of food each year and is more common in the summer months than winter.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at least 35 people across nine states have been infected by the bacteria. Hospitals treated 11 victims, CBS News reported Monday. Last month, the company voluntarily recalled over 206 million eggs due to potential contamination. The recalled eggs were distributed between January 11 and April 12 to grocery chains and restaurants in at least nine states.

This isn’t the first time Salmonella and other food-borne illnesses have caused issued in Ohio. Here are five times that recalls impacted local communities:

1. Salmonella apparent culprit in Lucky’s illness outbreak

Nine people who became ill after eating at Lucky's Taproom & Eatery in Dayton tested positive for salmonella, and so did mayonnaise that the restaurant made in-house, local health officials determined in August 2016. Those who became ill reported stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, nausea and vomiting.READ THE FULL STORY

2. Ohio leads for salmonella cases linked to backyard chickens

Government officials are warning people to be wary of handling backyard chickens, but not everyone in Ohio is listening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking eight salmonella outbreaks in the United States — and all of the cases are related to pet poultry, or backyard chickens. Approximately 372 people in 47 states have been infected, and Ohio leads the way for most cases. READ THE FULL STORY

3. Area grocery stores pull salad bags following E. coli outbreak

In April, a multi-state E. coli outbreak has prompted grocery stores to pull bags of chopped romaine lettuce from their shelves. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has linked an E. coli outbreak that started in March to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., region. Wal-Mart, Kroger and Meijer were among grocery chains that pulled all products that may contain chopped romaine lettuce from that region. READ THE STORY

4. Chipotle food scare highlights issue that impacts thousands annually

Chipotle grappled with cases of food-borne illness in 2017 in Virginia, an issue that causes one in six Americans to get sick annually after consuming contaminated foods or beverages. . The company was also hit by multiple outbreaks of E. coli in 2015, causing dozens of customers to get sick. No deaths were reported related to the outbreaks. READ THE FULL STORY

5. Dole inspections show recalls, but no contamination in Springfield

Dole salad products had been recalled in recent years due to concerns about salmonella and listeria before the recent outbreak that shuttered the Springfield facility in January, according to a 2016 investigation by the Springfield News-Sun. Documents show the Springfield plant recalled products a handful of times after traces of listeria and salmonella were found in pre-packaged salad mixes produced there. However samples collected during subsequent inspections didn't find evidence of contamination at the plant. READ THE FULL STORY


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