More than three dozen Illinois residents have been diagnosed with salmonella after consuming onions connected with an outbreak of the disease that has sickened more than 650 people across the United States.
According to the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals in at least 37 states have been diagnosed with salmonella in connection with the outbreak. Of those, 129 patients have been hospitalized.
In Illinois, at least 37 people have been diagnosed with the disease, with 25 more diagnosed in Wisconsin.
According to the CDC, the outbreak stems from fresh whole red, white and yellow onions, imported from Chihuahua, Mexico and distributed by ProSource, Incorporated.
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The onions were sold to restaurants and grocery stores.
ProSource says the onions were last imported on Aug. 27, but have a shelf life of up to three months in storage, and could still be in homes or businesses.
Businesses are advised to not sell or serve the onions that were imported from Chihuahua and distributed by ProSource. Consumers are advised to throw away onions that don’t have packaging.
Salmonella can cause a wide variety of symptoms. Patients are advised to call a physician immediately if they:
-Have diarrhea and a fever higher than 102
-Signs of dehydration, including dry mouth and throat and feeling dizzy when standing up
Symptom-onset usually occurs within six hours to six days after consuming the bacteria. Most individuals recover without treatment after 4-to-7 days.
Individuals with weakened immune systems, including children under the age of 5 and adults 65 and older, are at risk of more severe cases that could require hospitalization.