DES MOINES (IDPH NEWS RELEASE) - The Iowa Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and the state of Nebraska to investigate several cases of Salmonella. The ongoing investigation, which began last Friday and continued through the weekend,has identified five confirmed cases and at least four pending cases of Salmonella St. Paul. These cases may be related to consumption of alfalfa sprouts. Until the source of contamination is confirmed, IDPH recommends Iowans either throw the alfalfa sprouts they currently have away, or put them in a place where they won't be eaten until more information is available.
These cases are not connected to the recent peanut butter-related Salmonella cases.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps 12 - 72 hours after exposure. Although illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment, severe illness may occur in the very young, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with compromised immune systems. Salmonella usually are transmitted to humans by eating food contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal.
If you feel ill and are experiencing symptoms of Salmonella infection, you should see your medical provider.