Last week, the U.S. CDC reported that some travelers returned from Mexico have been infected with multidrug-resistant (MDR) Salmonella Newport.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella is bacteria typically live in animal and human intestines. Humans become infected with Salmonella most frequently through contaminated water or food. Most people develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps within 8 to 72 hours after exposure.
What is Salmonella Newport?
Salmonella Newport is one of the Salmonella types infected around 1.2 million people in the United States last year, it is known to be difficult to treat and resistant to antibiotics.
What is multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria?
Multidrug-resistant organisms are bacteria that have become resistant to more than one antibiotic.
What can travelers do to prevent Salmonella infection?
Follow safe eating, drinking and cooking to help reduce your chance of getting sick while traveling.
Be aware that beef jerky and other dried beef products can cause illness if not prepared safely.
Handle and cook beef safely
Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating, before and after touching food, and after using the toilet.
Travelers who feel very ill or have severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
DO NOT EAT:
• Beef that may be raw or undercooked.
• Soft cheese that might be made from raw or unpasteurized milk.
• Food prepared by someone who is sick or has recently been sick.