UPDATE: FDA says onions linked to salmonella outbreak shipped between July and August across US, including Virginia


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UPDATE 4:37 p.m. (10/22/21): The Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) releasing new information about the raw onions that are connected with the multi-state salmonella outbreak.

According to the FDA, these whole raw onions — which were red, yellow, white — were shipped to the U.S. from Chihuahua, Mexico between July 1 and Aug. 31. From there they were distributed throughout the country, including Virginia.

The FDA reports that no other onions from Chihuahua have been shipped since the end of August.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the multistate outbreak has impacted 37 states. There have been a total of 652 cases, with 59 cases from Virginia. Health officials also stated that 129 people have been hospitalized.

If you have any of these onions, you are asked to throw them away immediately and wash any dishes with hot soapy water that may have come in contact with the onions.

(WFXR) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the source of a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections, including 59 cases in Virginia.

The CDC says they traced back the source to whole red, white and yellow onions imported for Chihuahua, Mexico that was distributed throughout the U.S. by ProSource Inc.

A total of 652 cases across 37 states have been linked to the Salmonella Oraninburg outbreaks, says the CDC. Health officials also stated that 129 people have been hospitalized.

According to the CDC website, the map below shows which states contracted the salmonella outbreak. Virginia is reporting 59 cases as of Thursday, Oct. 20.

Salmonella outbreak map data from Oct. 20, 2021 (Data courtesy: www.cdc.gov)

According to health officials, if you have any unlabeled whole red, white or yellow onions at home, you are asked to throw them away and not eat them. You are also asked to wash any surfaces with hot soapy water or a dishwasher that may have touched the onions. If you are experiencing severe salmonella symptoms, you are asked to contact a healthcare provider.

If you have eaten these onions and become infected with salmonella you could have the following symptoms: diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramping six hours to six days after eating the contaminated food.

The CDC also states that this illness usually lasts four to seven days. WFXR News is also told that children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illnesses.

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