August 19th, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Government estimates hundreds sickened by tainted eggs

Hundreds of Americans have likely become ill from tainted eggs, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell said Thursday.

The Food and Drug Administration, which investigates food contamination, said the CDC received reports of approximately 200 salmonella cases every week during late June and early July. Normally, CDC has received an average of some 50 reports of salmonella illness each week for the past five years. Many states have also reported increases of this pattern since May 2010, the FDA said.

A total 380 million eggs have been recalled since last week because of concerns the eggs in question are tainted with the potentially-deadly salmonella bacteria, the Egg Safety Center said.

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  1. cat

    This is eggsactly what's wrong with this country.

    August 19, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. jeff

    Twitter List now active displaying disease outbreaks in real time: https://twitter.com/replies#/list/IDonatePlasma/epidemiology

    August 19, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    Don't eat raw eggs?

    August 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TWolf

    For an extra 150 cases of salmonella per week, recalling 300 plus million eggs is not the answer. Spend the money on research for detecting, preventing and even immuniziing people from this organism. One apparently has about a 2 million to 1 shot of being adversely affected – those are not bad odds.

    August 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nate

    What eggsactly is this recall going to accomplish. 380 million eggs, bust be every egg in America. Can't they pinpoint a more eggsact location?

    August 19, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jann Becker

    Once you know about the salmonella outbreak, how can you go to the fridge & take out an egg without going Ewww? We pitched ours last night even though we weren't sure they were recalled cause we were just creeped out.

    August 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Reg Urschler

    where do we find the list of eggs which have been recalled?

    August 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GATKA2010

    maybe those eggs are from China or Mexico, N.Korea,Iran??????????

    August 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GATKA2010

    ILLEGALS SABOTAGE OUR food!!!! It HAPEND not the first time and it is about time to tell US THE TRUTH NOTHING BUT TRUTH!!!!WE ARE BEING POISEN BY ILLEGALS FARM WORKERS. WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT????

    August 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |