At least 7 Californians sick in salmonella outbreak linked to Italian meats – CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A salmonella outbreak linked to eating Italian-style meats has sickened more than half a dozen people in California and is currently under investigation by the CDC.

Two salmonella outbreaks have sickened at least seven people in California and dozens more in 16 other states. Twelve of those cases sent people to hospital, according to the CDC.

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Everyone in the two outbreaks reported eating salami, prosciutto, and other meats that can be found in antipasto or cold cuts. However, no specific contaminated product has yet been identified, and the CDC is trying to determine whether the two outbreaks are linked to the same food source.

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Children under the age of 5, the elderly, and people with heart disease or a weakened immune system are at greater risk for serious illness from salmonella, according to the CDC. Symptoms of salmonella include prolonged and / or bloody diarrhea, fever over 102 degrees, vomiting, and dehydration.

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CDC says until they identify which Italian-style meats are causing the outbreak, all of these products should be heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees or until hot before consumption, to help eliminate the potential presence of Salmonella.

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