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SCDAA News Advisory: Salmonella and Sickle Cell Disease


Over the past few months, more than 1,000 people in the U.S.A. and Canada were infected with a bacteria called Salmonella. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigation can be read here.

“… red onions from Thomson International Inc., were the likely source of the outbreak. Other onion types (such as white, yellow, or sweet yellow) were also likely to be contaminated because the onions were grown and harvested together… On August 1, 2020, Thomson International Inc., recalled all red, yellow, white, and sweet yellow onions because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. Other companies also recalled onions or foods made with recalled onions. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell recalled onions and products.”

Salmonella can cause special problems in individuals with sickle cell disease and thalassemia: bone infection (osteomyelitis) or joint infection (septic arthritis).

 

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