More than 200 million eggs are being recalled after an outbreak of the potentially deadly salmonella bacteria was linked to a North Carolina farm. Cal-Maine Foods said it has not yet received any reports of illnesses. All of the ill consumers reported eating eggs or meals that contained eggs, which helped officials narrow down the outbreak source.
The eggs came from a farm in Hyde County, North Carolina. The possibly tainted eggs were distributed from the farm between January 11 and April 12.
According to the agency, the eggs were distributed from a farm in Hyde County, N.C., and reached consumers in the states of Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery.
The possibly contaminated eggs were sold under the brand names Country Daybreak, Coburn Farms, Crystal Farms, Sunshine Farms, Glenview, Walmart, and Food Lion.
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Symptoms include fever, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For kids, the elderly, and anyone with weak immune systems, salmonella can lead to serious infections that may even become fatal. In rare circumstances, infection can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses, such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Salmonella can contaminate the breakfast food product when infected chickens transfer the foodborne bacteria to the eggs before the shells are formed, the Centers for Disease Control reported.
According to the CDC, Salmonella enteritidis-the strain that makes people sick via eggs-can get into eggs that appear normal and are born from hens that also exhibit no symptoms of illness.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.