STATEWIDE — You might want to think twice before taking a piece of salami from that charcuterie tray.
Two Salmonella outbreaks are linked to Italian-style meats, according to the CDC.
People in both outbreaks reported eating salami, prosciutto, and other meats that can be found in antipasto or charcuterie assortments before getting sick.
So far, 36 people in 17 states (including Indiana) have gotten sick, with 12 people ending up in the hospital.
Until the CDC determines which Italian-style meats are making people sick, heat all Italian-style meats like salami or prosciutto to an internal temperature of 165-degrees or until steaming hot if you are at higher risk of getting sick. Heating food to a high enough temperature helps kill germs like Salmonella.
You are at higher risk for severe Salmonella illness if you are over age 65, have a health condition, or take certain medications that lower your body’s ability to fight germs. Children younger than five years old are also more likely to get very sick from Salmonella.
Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Symptoms start within six hours to six days after swallowing the bacteria and most people recover after four to seven days.