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CDC Warns of Salmonella Risk for Travelers to Mexico



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Are you heading to Mexico for that long-awaited vacation? If so, the CDC wants you to be aware of drug-resistant strains of Salmonella that have affected some travelers to the country.

According to FoodSafetyNews, the CDC is warning travelers who have spent time in Mexico to be aware of multidrug-resistant strains of Salmonella Newport.

“Many travelers with MDR (multidrug-resistant) Salmonella Newport infections reported eating beef, cheese – including queso fresco and Oaxaca – beef jerky, or dried beef – Carne Seca – before they got sick,” the CDC warned.

According to FoodSafetyNews, the CDC is offering the following tips to anyone traveling to Mexico:

Do not eat beef that may be raw or undercooked.

Do not eat soft cheese that may be made from raw or unpasteurized milk.

Do not eat food that has been prepared by someone who is sick or has recently been ill.

Do not prepare food for others if you are sick.

Be aware that beef jerky and other dried beef products can cause illness if not prepared safely.

Follow safe eating, drinking, cooking, and food handling habits while traveling.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating.

Symptoms of Salmonella can include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, usually within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Travelers who feel ill or have severe symptoms should seek medical help as soon as possible.