Second Death Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
Details of the Salmonella Outbreak
The second and most recent death occurred on August 17. The victim was a 99-year-old woman native to Texas, but who lived in San Diego, according to health officials.
According to a spokeswoman from Texas Department of State Health Services, Carrier Williams, the woman who passed, had several serious health issues, but salmonella was determined to be the cause of death.
Salmonella has many symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, nausea, and fever. The infections can be very serious and, in some cases, fatal; however, the symptoms usually resolve after four to seven days if treated and the host has a strong immune system.
That being said, children, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems are at an increased risk of serious and fatal outcomes.
Seventy people have been hospitalized since July 3 due to salmonella with a total of 341 cases being reported.
National Salmonella Statistics
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Salmonella contamination results in 1.2 million illnesses in the United States every year.
- Of those illnesses, more than 20,000 result in hospitalization and roughly 450 result in death.
- Salmonella illnesses are most common during the summer months.