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Salmonella outbreak across 37 states caused by fresh ONIONS leaves 129 hospitalized and sparks recall fears, CDC says

About 129 people have been hospitalized because of a salmonella outbreak in 37 states tied to onions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC confirmed the tainted produce was sourced to "fresh whole red, white, and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource Inc."

It noted that these specific onions causing salmonella poisoning are now being recalled after they were "sold to restaurants and grocery stores" throughout the US.

The company indicated the last batch of the imported onions "were last imported on August 27" but they can take up to three months to perish and may still "be in homes and businesses," according to the CDC.

There is an open probe to verify "if other onions and suppliers" may be compromised and possibly "linked to this outbreak."

SALMONELLA POISONING

Salmonella is a bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.

Its origins track back to an American scientist named Dr Salmon who discovered it some 125 years ago.

The illness people get from a salmonella infection is called salmonellosis.

Anyone can get sick from the bug, but young kids, elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems such cancer sufferers are especially vulnerable.

POISONING SYMPTOMS

Some of the symptoms of the bug are similar to Covid-19.

The NHS says the main three symptoms of the virus are a new persistent cough, a high temperature and a loss of taste and smell. But some people who have had Covid have also experienced vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you think you may actually have Covid - then it's important to take a test. The government advises that everyone takes a lateral flow test twice a week.

Salmonellosis develops after ingesting salmonella bacteria, symptoms usually take between 12 and 72 hours to develop.

Some of the most common symptoms of infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps and even vomiting and fever.

The symptoms can last between four and seven days and may notrequire treatment.

However, in extreme cases those who are become sick may need hospital care for the resulting in potentially dange dehydration.

People infected with salmonella should remember to drink plenty of fluids.

Doctors may recommend a rehydration solution from a pharmacy, and in some cases, antibiotics are necessary.

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