Illinois salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef, IDPH officials say; 26 cases confirmed so far

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Thursday, June 8, 2023
26 sickened in Illinois salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef
illinois'health department officials said 26 people have been sickened from an outbreak of salmonella infections linked to ground beef.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois health officials are warning about a salmonella outbreak in the state linked to ground beef.

So far there's no word on a specific source for the outbreak, but health leaders are telling people to follow safe food handling guidelines and cook their ground beef to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and checked with a food thermometer.

So far 26 confirmed cases of salmonella have been identified in Chicago as well as Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will counties.

The health department said people were sickened between April 25 and May 18. Some of the people in Illinois who got sick from the salmonella reported that they ate undercooked ground beef, health officials said.

Officials are still working on identifying the source of the contaminated ground beef.

Symptoms of salmonella, which can emerge six to 72 hours after eating contaminated beef, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps and headaches.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.