Egg recall grows with salmonella reports
The eggs recall has continued to grow because hundreds of people have been been sickened by salmonella.
This Associated Press story says people in four states -- not Maryland -- have become sick and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the eggs. Some 228 million eggs, or the equivalent of 19 million dozen-egg cartons, were initially recalled by Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa. Now the number is nearly 32 million dozen-egg cartons.
The CDC is also offering this tip sheet for people so they can avoid getting sick. The agency says to refrigerate eggs to keep salmonella from growing and thoroughly cook them to kill bacteria. Officials also say to wash your hands after handling eggs, don't eat cracked eggs or raw eggs, don't eat eggs left out for more than two hours and avoid restaurant food made with raw egg such as Ceasar salad dressing and Hollandaise sauce.
People ususally get sick within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. They get a fever, cramps and diarrhea lasting 4 to 7 days. Most recover without antibiotics, though the elderly, infants and those with weakened immune systems may have more severe complications.
If you get sick and suspect contaminated eggs, report it to the local health department.
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