by Beth Ott
A spike in salmonella cases has struck Arizona since millions of potentially infected eggs were recently recalled.
Salmonella is a common bacterial form of food poisoning. Symptoms of salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours of eating a contaminated food. Most cases are self-alleviating; however it can pose a threat to those with weakened immune systems.
Undercooked or raw eggs pose a threat and people should be cautious with egg use in their kitchens and properly cleaning up egg spills.
The company, Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, has recalled at least 32 million dozen-egg cartons. The eggs were packaged under brand names including Lucerne, Albertson’s and Mountain Dairy, which can be found in Phoenix-area stores. Eggs affected by the expanded recall were distributed in Arizona as well as many other states.