Salmonella outbreak likely from ground beef affects people in several states, including Colorado

A multistate salmonella outbreak, likely from ground beef, has resulted in at least 10 people getting sick, including three in Colorado, and one person’s death in California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The illnesses were reported between Aug. 8 and Sept. 22 in Colorado, California, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Eight of nine people were hospitalized, the CDC said in its investigation notice released Friday. All of those who reported illnesses were adults, between the ages of 48 to 74.

Symptoms in those who have been infected with salmonella can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, and though the illness typically lasts four to seven days, it can become severe enough to spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and other places in a person’s body, according to the CDC. Young children under 5, adults older 65 and older and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible.

The agency said that it has not connected the outbreak to one ground beef supplier, and the investigation by the CDC, public health and regulatory officials in states affected and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is ongoing.

People who reported illnesses ate different brands of ground beef from various locations, according to the CDC. Other people may have been infected but have not yet reported the illnesses.