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Salmonella Virchow infection:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has been collaborating with the CDC to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Virchow infections that have now been linked to consuming certain Garden of Life, LLC RAW Meal Organic Shake and Meal Replacement products. As of February 1, 2016, one case of Salmonella Virchow infection in a Wisconsin resident has been linked to this multi-state outbreak. The investigation is on-going.
On January 29, 2016, Garden of Life, LLC issued a voluntary recall of limited quantities of its Raw Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement, Chocolate, Original, Vanilla and Vanilla Chai flavors. A full list of the recalled lot codes can be found below. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reminds people who have any of the recalled product in their procession to not consume this product, and either discard it or follow the directions on the company recall to return the unused product to the place of purchase for a full refund. The lot codes can be found stamped on the underside of the plastic container.
Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, which can be bloody, abdominal pain and fever. Symptoms usually begin within 18 to 36 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to a week after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but approximately 25 percent of laboratory-confirmed cases occurring in Wisconsin residents require hospitalization. Bloodstream infections are infrequent but can be quite serious, particularly in the very young or elderly. In rare cases, Salmonella infection can lead to death, particularly in the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Most people with salmonellosis will recover on their own or only require fluids to prevent dehydration. Antibiotics and antidiarrheal drugs are generally not recommended for persons with typical intestinal infections, but antibiotics may be required in some situations.
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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Virchow Infections Linked to Garden of Life RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Products (CDC)