While the coronavirus is still being managed in the US, a new salmonella infection has started to affect people around the US. It is reported that, as of now, 68 people have been identified with the infection from nine states. The identified cause is some tainted peaches.
The following are the nine states from which infected people have been identified:
However, ALDI, the store chain which sold these peaches since 1st of June, has recalled the peaches distributed by the brand “Wawona” to several states including:
Buyers of the peaches including consumers, restaurants and vendors have been asked by the US Food and Drug Administration to get rid of them as soon as possible in order to prevent any further infection.
Moreover, to avoid any further contamination, people are advised to give a thorough cleanse to any places the peaches possibly came into contact with. This means that places such as refrigerators, slicers, counter-tops, knives, storage bins, chopping boards, shopping bags and plates will need to be sanitized before being used again.
This infection affects the intestinal tract, and is the most common bacterial infectious cause of food-borne disease in the US, causing about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths annually. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach cramps and fever. They can appear after 6 hours to 6 days of being infected, and remain from 4 to 7 days. The most likely to be infected by the poisoning are the people with weak immune systems under 5 and over 65 of age.
However, while the exact cause and the extent of the effect is yet to be fully investigated and confirmed, it is advisable to take the health measures recommended by the FDA and be extra cautious about the cleanliness of food.
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