Christina Palladino of WISN News reports that Kenosha County and Wisconsin health officials are investigating a recent outbreak of Salmonella. More than 20 people have become ill from Salmonella, said Mark Melotick, the environmental manager for the Kenosha County Health Department.
Ms. Palladino spoke with said they had one thing in common – they all ate meat from the same store. Amanda Acosta and her boyfriend, Nick Jacquest, said they ordered pork carnitas from Los Corrales supermarket on May 10. The next day, they were all extremely ill.
“We all had fevers and it lasted all week, and then we went to the hospital with the kids. It just got pretty bad,” Jacquest said. Acosta and her boyfriend both had to take a week off from work to care for their sick kids, who were violently throwing up and had diarrhea. “It’s scary because so many things could happen to small children from this,” Acosta said.
Kenosha resident Michael Brown told her he also had the pork carnitas on May 10 with his family. They all got sick the next day. He was deathly ill for a week. “I only have one kidney, and they said it was elevated or something. A very dangerous high they said,” Brown said.
Both families said they’ve been shopping at the grocery store for years and have never been sick.
Palladino went inside the store Monday night and said the meat counter was completely empty.
The Kenosha County Health Department continues to investigate the source of the Salmonella and said more information will be available Tuesday morning.
Most people experience symptoms eight to 72 hours after contaminated food is ingested. Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, fever and cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.
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