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|Health Official Says Salmonella Outbreak Impacts Plenty
|A nationwide problem has local health officials concerned.
The latest salmonella outbreak in a type of peanuts has affected 42 states, including Illinois, and resulted in at least 400 people becoming sick because of contamination. An official with the Warren County Health Department says the peanut in question thought to be causing the outbreak is in some types of peanut butter, but is primarily a peanut paste used in commercial products.
Jenna Link, Warren County Health Department administrator, says people would be surprised at how many products contain the peanut paste. Link tells WGIL contaminated items can cause serious side affects if they are consumed.
"A lot of people are probably calling it stomach flu-type symptoms, and they can last anywhere from 24 hours up to 12 days," Link said. "It can include a headache, muscle ache, diarrhea, vomiting, rumblings in the bowels, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration."
Link says the severity of the salmonella symptoms differ from person to person and can be noticeable anywhere from 6 to 72 hours after the product is consumed. She says the very young and the very old are most susceptible because their immune systems aren't as strong as healthy adults.
Link says if you have symptoms, see a physician immediately. She also says if you have products in your home that you're concerned about, check the Food and Drug Administration's list by CLICKING HERE. If you have any doubt or question, or aren't sure, and your are concerned you might have a contaminated item, Link says discard it because it's better to be safe, than sorry.
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