12 more people sickened by contaminated eggs from North Carolina farm

  • 12 more people sickened by contaminated eggs from North Carolina farm

12 more people sickened by contaminated eggs from North Carolina farm

Last month, more than 200 million eggs from the North Carolina farm were recalled because of bacterial contamination. That is up from the five cases reported as of April 13. Eleven people have been hospitalized due to the outbreak.

In fact, the CDC reported that eight people in Virginia had been sickened as of May 9. These eggs were sold under multiple brand names at numerous retailers, both in the US and overseas. Another 16 people recalled that they ate dishes with egg at a restaurant, with representatives from the restaurants confirming to the CDC that they used shell eggs when preparing the dishes.

The eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina and reached consumers in the following states: Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery.

Brands affected include Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Sunshine Farms and Glenview, with some eggs sold at Walmart, Publix and Food Lion stores.

Both the CDC and the FDA are also advising consumers to cook eggs fully, and to carefully wash any surfaces or tools that come into contact with raw eggs.

The CDC's salmonella fact sheet states that the bacteria is responsible for about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths each year in the US, with over 80 percent of the illnesses traced to tainted food.

The symptoms, which include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, take about 12-72 hours after exposure to take effect.

Most people recover in a week but some can get seriously sick for longer.