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CDC warns of salmonellosis outbreak due to onions imported from Mexico

Los Angeles, Oct 20 (EFE) .- The United States health authorities warned this Wednesday of an outbreak of salmonellosis that has affected more than 650 people in 37 states of the country, linked to the consumption of onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico.

The alert from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details that 652 sick people have been reported so far, of which 129 have been hospitalized.

The CDC specified that, although so far there have been no deaths among those infected with the “Salmonella oranienburg” bacteria, the consumption of certain onions imported from Mexico should be avoided.

Investigators determined that a source of infection in this outbreak is whole red, white, and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua and distributed in the United States by ProSource Inc.

The agency advised consumers who have unlabeled whole red, white or yellow onions at home not to eat them and throw them away.

“People should not eat (these onions) and companies should not sell or serve whole onions that were imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, and distributed by ProSource Inc,” he said.

Interviews with affected people showed that before getting sick 75% of patients possibly ate raw onions or restaurant dishes that probably contained raw onions.

Several sick people reported eating at the same restaurants. ProSource Inc. supplied whole onions to many of these establishments.

The CDC noted that they are working to determine if other onions or suppliers are linked to this outbreak.

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