Illinois among 3 states affected by salmonella outbreak

- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers against consuming shell eggs manufactured by Good Earth Egg Company after eight people in three U.S. states have reported illness that officials have determined is caused by salmonella Oranienburg. As of Tuesday morning, the Bonne Terre, Missouri-based company had not issued a recall for the eggs, according to the FDA.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two of the people sickened in the outbreak have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Illnesses were reported in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people recover in four to seven days without treatment, but young, elderly or immunosuppressed individuals are at risk of suffering more serious illness.

To reduce the risk of illness, the FDA is advising consumers not to eat eggs produced by Good Earth Egg Company, and to return them for a refund where they purchased them or dispose of them immediately. The eggs were sold under different brand names, according to the CDC. If consumers are unsure of where their eggs were distributed from, it advised asking the store where they bought them or the restaurant where they’re eating them.

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