ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials are investigating a salmonella
outbreak that reportedly has sickened nearly 400 people in 42
states, but they do not yet know exactly how the bacteria has been spreading.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not
named all the states, but Ohio health officials have reported at
least 50 people in 18 counties have been sickened by salmonella
bacteria since October.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and
abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.

The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

Officials say steps to protect against the illness include careful handling and preparation of raw meat, and frequent hand

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