LANSING, MI – State officials say an outbreak of salmonella linked to alfalfa sprouts has sickened 12 people in Michigan, with two cases requiring hospitalization.
The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Community Health issued a public-health alert Friday warning residents to avoid eating raw alfalfa sprouts until the outbreak's origin can be determined.
Officials say 12 cases of salmonella typhimurium have been confirmed in Bay, Genesee, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The onset of illness was between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18.
Most infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and cramps within 12 to 72 hours after infection. The state says symptoms usually last four to seven days.