There have been 62 hospitalizations so far, but no reported deaths. Since public health agencies receive information on those infected 2-4 weeks after an illness starts, there may still be unreported illnesses related to the outbreak. The last reported illness began on February 18, 2018.
A joint investigation conducted by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) linked the outbreak to chicken salad produced by Triple T Specialty Meats Inc., sold from January 4 to February 9 at Fareway locations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The outbreak has been traced back to chicken salad made and distributed by Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., who issued a recall for the product. The recall included 20,600 pounds of chicken salad made from January 2 through February 7 and packed for Fareway.
All chicken salad that might be contaminated should be returned or thrown away. According to the CDC, the chicken salad is sold in a number of different sizes and can be found at Fareway grocery stores in numerous affected states.
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The ill person in North Dakota purchased S.K. Herbalist brand kratom powder from soapkorner.com and the person in Utah bought it from kratoma.com.
Because there is a two- to four-week time lag in reporting the illnesses, it's possible there are more cases that have not yet been accounted for, the CDC said.
The CDC recommends throwing away all recalled chicken salad from Fareway stores (even if no one who ate it got sick) and sanitizing all countertops and other surfaces where the recalled chicken salad was stored.
Salmonella-infected people experience symptoms including fever, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea after 12 to 72 hours being exposed to the bacteria. People with weakened immune systems - the elderly, very young, or people receiving chemotherapy - are at higher risk for complications or death from salmonella infections.