CDC: 35 people sickened from salmonella outbreak from eggs

By Allen Cone  |  May 12, 2018 at 4:09 PM
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May 12 (UPI) -- Thirty-five people have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to the recall of nearly 207 million eggs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an update this week.

One of the world's largest producers of eggs, Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms, issued the recall in mid-April. They were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, N.C., and sold by retailers under different brand names: Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, Crystal Farms, Food Lion, Glenview, Great Value, Nelms, Publix, Sunshine Farms and Sunups. Also, they were delivered directly to restaurants.

People began getting sick last November and illnesses that occurred after March 23 might not yet be reported, the CDC said.

The agency gave the last update on April 16, when it reported 23 people were ill.

In the updated figures, people affected range from 1 to 90 years old. Eleven people were hospitalized and there were no fatalities.

Most of the illnesses were reported in eight states along the East Coast; New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida reported cases. One case was also reported in Colorado.

The CDC urges consumers to throw the recalled eggs away or return them to where they were purchased. People are also advised to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where recalled eggs were stored.

Eggs in the recall possess the plant number P-1065 printed on the carton as well as a pack date between 011 and 102. Eggs sold at Publix and branded as Sunups are marked with plant number P-1359D, pack date 048A or 049A and best-by dates of APR 02 and APR 03.

The FDA said the eggs can potentially be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, which is an organism that could cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals infected with Salmonella Braenderup can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Rose Acre Farms grew from 1,000 hens in the 1930s to 17 facilities in eight states.

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