CDC Investigating Salmonella Infections Linked to Cashew Cheese

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections linked to cashew cheese.

Five people across three states have gotten sick.

Two people were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC believed the outbreak traced back to Jule’s Cashew Brie.

All of the company’s products have been recalled.

Earlier this month, investigators were looking into another outbreak of salmonella infections in 19 people that could be associated with sick or dead birds.

Infections occurred in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, with eight people requiring hospitalization. No deaths were reported.

The CDC cited interviews with sick people and laboratory testing that show contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders could be driving the infections.

In humans, salmonella illness can involve diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. It tends to last four to seven days and most people can recover without treatment, the CDC says. Some severe cases, however, do require hospitalization.

The CDC recommends that people wash their hands immediately after they touch a bird feeder, birdbath, or handle a bird, even if they were wearing gloves. It also advises cleaning bird feeders outside your house, when possible.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report