As of December 2, 2015, the CDC has announced that the outbreak of Salmonella associated with Kapowsin Meats is over. The final case count is 192, with 30 people requiring hospitalization. Five states were affected by the outbreak, including Alaska with 1 case, California with 2 cases, Idaho with 2 cases, Oregon with 3 cases, and Washington with 184 cases. The cases had onset dates ranging from April 25, 2015 to September 25, 2015. No deaths were reported as a result of the outbreak. There was a recall associated with this outbreak. On August 27. 2015, Kapowsin Meats issued an expansion to their original recall. The expanded recall affected about 523,380 pounds of pork products.
Salmonella poisoning is a very common form of foodborne illness in America. It occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Symptoms of the illness will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and will include abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone infected with Salmonella will recover within a week and without medical attention. However, in those with certain risk factors, such as the elderly, children, and those with suppressed immune systems, the illness may linger or worsen, making medical attention necessary. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.