February 23, 2024
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County of San Diego well being officers Friday linked 9 circumstances of Salmonella to unpasteurized or “uncooked” milk merchandise from a producer in Fresno, and inspired county residents to discard the merchandise.

In accordance with the county Well being and Human Providers Company, the circumstances started in late September with merchandise from Uncooked Farm LLC.

“The county recommends that individuals who have merchandise from this firm of their properties eliminate them instantly,” stated Dr. Seema Shah, medical director of the county’s Epidemiology and Immunization Providers department. “It’s additionally necessary for anybody sick to hunt medical care.”

“People who find themselves ailing, and people who stay with them, ought to wash their arms ceaselessly to keep away from contaminating surfaces and meals that would unfold the illness,” Shah stated.

The diseases have been brought on by Salmonella micro organism, generally present in human and animal intestines. The 9 San Diego County residents who grew to become ailing have reported consuming Uncooked Farm merchandise the week earlier than their sickness onset. The circumstances vary in age from 1 to 41 years outdated. Three of the 9 have been hospitalized, all of which have been youngsters.

Uncooked or “pure” milk has not gone by way of the pasteurization course of that heats the milk to a excessive temperature for a brief time frame to kill dangerous germs that may contaminate uncooked milk. Pasteurization is the one efficient methodology for eliminating most dangerous germs in uncooked milk or milk merchandise and doesn’t considerably change dairy’s dietary worth, a county assertion learn.

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends in opposition to the consumption of uncooked milk and associated merchandise. Folks most in danger for extreme sickness are adults 65 years and older, youngsters youthful than 5 years of age and people with weakened immune programs.

“Folks contaminated with Salmonella typically develop bloody or watery diarrhea, abdomen cramps, fever, nausea, vomiting and headache roughly six hours to 6 days after consuming contaminated meals,” the county assertion reads. “The sickness sometimes lasts for 4-7 days. In some circumstances, individuals might develop extreme sickness that results in hospitalization.”

The HHSA is working carefully with the California Division of Public Well being and the California Division of Meals and Agriculture, to proceed investigating diseases related to uncooked milk and milk merchandise.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.