Salmonellosis – United States
At least five cases of Salmonella linked to crabmeat in Maine.
The product containing the pathogen has been identified as Hardie’s Crabmeat in Deer Isle, Maine packaged between June 15 and August 15.
Two people have been hospitalized with salmonella.
Health officials recommend discarding this product from the specified dates.
Photo: Salmonella (red) invading human cells.
Infection with salmonella in developed countries generally results in food poisoning. The organisms enter through the digestive tract and must be ingested in large numbers to cause disease in healthy adults. Between 60% to 80% of salmonella infections cases go un-diagnosed.
Risk factors for salmonella infections include a variety of foods. Meats such as chicken and pork have the possibility to be contaminated. A variety of vegetables and sprouts may also have salmonella. Lastly, a variety of processed foods such as chicken nuggets and pot pies may also contain this bacteria.
Salmonella was first visualized in 1880. The name Salmonella was not used until 1900.
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