Salmonella outbreak

There’s a salmonella outbreak in Minnesota.

The factoid was contained in a nationwide Associated Press article, quoting the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

The Minnesota Department of Public Health has made no announcement of the outbreak. The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research, however, quotes the DPH spokesman:

Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), told CIDRAP News that Minnesota has confirmed 30 cases that are linked to the national outbreak and that the department expects to detect additional cases. Experts from the MDH, including Team Diarrhea, a group that conducts case-control studies in foodborne disease outbreaks, are continuing their investigation into the source of the Salmonella, he said.

With no leads, it’s difficult to say what to avoid, so health officials advise only to cook meat thoroughly and wash your hands often.

However, the CDC is theorizing that it may have something to do with chicken. If that’s true, and if 34 states are involved, doesn’t that suggest one of the big chicken processing companies as a source?

Stay tuned for more today.