The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was investigating the outbreak of the Salmonella germs after 36 people got infected after eating charcuterie meats.
CDC is also telling Americans to cook meat products properly and heat all Italian-style meats to an internal temperature of 74°C or until steaming hot before eating. Heating up the food to a high enough temperature can kill the Salmonella germs.
The germ is a relatively common bacterial disease that causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. While Most people can recover without treatment after four to seven days, young children and older adults may experience severe illness that will lead to hospitalization.
According to the report from the CDC, twelve out of the 36 people in the current outbreak became sick and are hospitalized. Each of them fell ill after eating salami, prosciutto and other meats that can be found in antipasto or charcuterie assortments.
CDC is working to determine if the cases are linked to a common contaminated product. The illnesses were spread across 17 states in two distinct outbreaks which can cause adults older than 65 and children younger than 5 higher risk for severe Salmonella illness.
People with weak immunity can also fall victim to the germ. Symptoms of the disease are persistent diarrhea or vomiting to the point of dehydration.