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    New Salmonella Outbreak Under Way

    Unidentified source of Salmonella fingered as culprit of 388 illnesses in 42 states since September.

    In the wake of a mysterious outbreak of a single strain of salmonella that has been responsible for sickening 388 people and sending 67 to the hospital in 42 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDD) have stepped up efforts to pinpoint the source and secure some answers.

    The CDC earlier this week began pulling staff members from other areas to work on the ongoing outbreak that dates back to September and is linked to salmonella Typhimurium -- a fairly common strain of the bacteria -- each case of which has been laboratory matched by DNA fingerprint, according to CDC's deputy chief of enteric diseases, Frederick Angulo.

    And though the CDC at presstime had not yet identified which states are involved in the outbreak, the Ohio Department of Health issued a news release confirming 50 reported cases in the Buckeye State, the second-highest tally in the nation.

    CDC is collaborating with state public health officials, as well as the FDA and the USFA, to conduct its investigation. Either the FDA or the USFA will handle the traceback investigation, depending on what product family the bacteria strain is linked to.

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