Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken salad up to 170 cases: 4 things to know

The CDC confirmed an additional 105 infections in a Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak linked to chicken salad sold at grocery stores from Jan. 4 to Feb. 9. The new infections bring the total number of cases to 170, according to an outbreak summary updated March 8.

Here are four things to know.

1. The most recent infection occurred Feb. 18. While 62 people have been hospitalized, no deaths have been reported in the outbreak, which has affected 149 people in Iowa, nine people in Illinois, five people in Nebraska, three people in Minnesota, two people in South Dakota, one person in both Texas and Indiana.

2. The chicken salad — produced by Triple T Specialty Meats — was sold at delis in Fareway grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Public health officials in Iowa were the first to detect the outbreak. Fareway, which is headquartered in Boone, Iowa, stopped selling the chicken salad Feb. 9 after Iowa officials contacted the company about the outbreak.

3. On Feb. 21, Triple T Specialty Meats recalledall chicken salad produced between Jan. 2 and Feb. 7.

"CDC recommends that people do not eat recalled chicken salad," said the CDC in the outbreak summary. "Throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. This investigation is ongoing, and we will provide updates when more information is available."

4. Salmonella infections typically last four to seven days. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea. To learn more about Salmonellaclick here

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