MA investigates multi-state Salmonella cluster

Posted on November 21, 2014 by


State and federal health officials are looking into cases of Salmonella reported in multiple states, according to .

The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed Thursday afternoon that the agency, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), are investigating a potential multi-state Salmonella cluster.

The CDC uses the term cluster when a “larger number of people than expected appear to have the same illness in a given time period and area.”

Although the investigation is underway, as of Thursday none of the cases have been tied directly to one source, according to the Mass. Department of Public Health.

If and when a source is identified, the CDC will alert the public.

Salmonella is a foodborne illness that people can become infected with after eating food contaminated with animal feces, according to the CDC. You can help prevent the chances of getting Salmonella by cooking foods thoroughly and not eating foods that contain raw eggs or milk.

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