If you love to eat cereal, you might want to reconsider a certain brand right now.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday (July 12) that 27 more people have reported getting sick in a multi-state outbreak of salmonella, linked to the now-recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. This brings the total number of illness-related reports to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.
— CDC (@CDCgov) July 12, 2018
According to the CDC website, symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, and typically present 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the bacteria. The first cases of illness in this outbreak began with symptoms on March 3, and the most recent individuals began feeling ill on July 2.
Symptoms last about four to seven days, and although most people improve without treatment, some may require hospitalization because of severe diarrhea. Thirty people have been hospitalized in this outbreak.
Salmonella can also travel from the intestines to the bloodstream and ultimately the rest of the body. Death is rare, but may occur if the person is not treated quickly with antibiotics. Thankfully, no deaths have been reported in this outbreak.
Florida and Colorado are the latest states to report illnesses as part of the outbreak, bringing the total number of states affected to 33.