WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agriculture Department has issued a public health warning about raw ground beef products after dozens of people in the Northeast became ill with salmonella infections, a spokesman said yesterday.
The Centers for Disease Control is investigating a salmonella outbreak of at least 37 cases in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
Health officials said many of the people who became ill reported eating ground beef. Hospitalization was necessary for 40 percent of the cases, but no deaths have been reported.
About 600 Americans die from salmonella annually, officials said.
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