Six in Pennsylvania sick from shell egg salmonella outbreak


Thirty-five people have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to the recall of almost 207 million eggs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update this week.

Due to epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence from the CDC, the source of the salmonella was identified to be white-shell eggs produced by Indiana-based farm Rose Acre Farms, though the investigation is ongoing.

Contaminated eggs were sold under multiple brand names including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms, and Sunups. Also, they were delivered directly to restaurants.

In fact, the CDC reported that eight people in Virginia had been sickened as of May 9.

According to the CDC's bulletin, which was the first issued since April 16, 12 more people from five states were confirmed to have fallen ill since the last update.

In the updated figures, people affected range from 1 to 90 years old. A total of 11 people were hospitalized in relation to the outbreak, with no fatalities reported so far.

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Illnesses have been reported in nine states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Anyone who has a recalled carton is being urged to throw the eggs away or return them to the store they were bought in. The eggs in question eggs are labeled with one of two plant numbers, P-1065 or P-1359D.

"Consumers with these eggs shouldn't eat them", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

Salmonella causes serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. "Rose Acre Farms takes food safety and the welfare of our hens, workers, and consumers very seriously".