The number of cases of salmonella infection linked to chicken salad sold in Fareway stores has more than doubled in the past couple of weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week.
There are now 170 cases in seven states, including five in Nebraska. That's up from 65 cases in five states, with three in Nebraska, during the third week of February.
The CDC said the illnesses reported so far all occurred between Jan. 8 and Feb. 18, and 62 of the 170 infected people have been hospitalized. The youngest victim is 7 years old and the oldest is 89. No deaths have been reported.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Leah Bucco-White said the infected Nebraskans were two men and three women, ranging in age from their 50s to their 80s. Four of the five had to be hospitalized.
Because there is a two- to four-week time lag in reporting the illnesses, it's possible there are more cases that have not yet been accounted for, the CDC said.
Fareway voluntarily stopped selling the chicken salad in early February after illnesses were reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health. The product was sold at stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota from Dec. 15 until Feb. 9.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service recalled more than 10 tons of the product on Feb. 21 from its manufacturer, Triple T Specialty Meats Inc. in Ackley, Iowa.