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Multistate Outbreak Of Salmonella Mbandaka Infections

According to cdc.gov, public health and regulatory officials in several states as well as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka infections.

The agency reported that as of June 14, 2018, 73 people have been infected with the strain of Salmonella Mbandaka from across 31 states.

It noted that the illnesses started from March 3, 2018, to May 28, 2018, and ill people range in age from less than one year to 87 with a median age of 58. Sixty-five percent are female.

The agency also noted that out of 55 people with information available, 24 (44%) have been hospitalized. However, it said no deaths have been reported.

The agency posited that epidemiologic evidence has indicated that Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal is a likely source of this multistate outbreak.

On June 14, 2018, the Kellogg Company recalled packages of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.

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Edited by Jesus Chan

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