79 sickened by salmonella tied to Hy-Vee pasta salad

Henrietta Strickland
August 5, 2018

The recalled pasta salad was sold in 1-pound (16 oz.) and 3-pound (48 oz.) plastic containers or may have been scooped at the deli counter into clear plastic containers.

According to the CDC, the recalled pasta salad was sold in all Hy-Vee grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Two weeks after supermarket chain Hy-Vee recalled pasta salad at all of its 244 stores in eight states in the Midwest, federal health officials are almost quadrupling their count of consumers stricken by salmonella linked with the product. The expiration date on the salad packaging ranges from June 22 to August 3.

The CDC urges consumers not to eat the recalled Hy-Vee Spring Pasta Salad, even if some of it was already eaten and no one got sick. Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating it. Return it to the store for a refund or throw it away. Those who have stored the recalled pasta salad in another container should throw salad away immediately and then wash the container with warm, soapy water before using it again. Life-threatening complications also may develop if the infection spreads beyond your intestines.

"In some cases, the diarrhea associated with salmonella infection can be so dehydrating as to require prompt medical attention". The CDC said that more than 100,000 illnesses caused by these outbreaks in which about 5,700 illnesses resulted in hospitalizations, and 145 deaths had been found.

Salmonella enterica subspecies IIIb has been added to this investigation because two people were infected with this strain of Salmonella and with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Sandiego at the same time.

Dr. Neil says if you have the salad, toss it out. Young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, such as cancer patients, are more likely to become critically ill.

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