On going salmonella outbreak from an unknown food source has spread to 29 states, federal health officials have warned.
The outbreak has infected nearly 280 people and more than two dozen have been hospitalized, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which was released on Sept. 23.
Still, there have been no deaths associated with the “fast-growing outbreak,” according to the CDC.
The agency created a map showing where people affected by the salmonella outbreak live.
So far, Texas has the most reported illnesses (81), followed by Illinois and Virginia, which have 23 and 22 reported cases, respectively.
Minnesota, with 19 diseases, and Massachusetts, with 10, complete the five states with the most reported cases.
However, the agency cautioned that the map may not represent all cases “because many people recover without medical attention and are not tested for salmonella.”
The CDC said officials in several states have been collecting data as part of a multi-state investigation into an outbreak of salmonella oranienburg infections.
The agency added that officials have been collecting and testing food from restaurants “where sick people ate,” but have yet to identify a “disease-related food.”
In its latest update, the CDC said a strain of salmonella oranienburg was found in a to-go seasoning cup containing coriander and lime, even though the container had held onions at one point, making it difficult to identify the source.
“Because there were multiple foods in the container and in the sample that was tested, it is not possible to know which food was contaminated,” the CDC said.
Officials are using the information “in conjunction with other available information to help narrow down the list of possible food-related illnesses.”
Each year, the potentially harmful bacteria causes about 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations and 420 deaths in the United States, according to the CDC.
Most people who are infected with the bacteria have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps with symptoms that last up to seven days.
However, in some cases, “people’s illness can be so severe that they must be hospitalized,” the CDC warned.