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Fungi linked to salmonella outbreaks in 10 states, including Arizona

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LOS ANGELES – Federal officials warn of salmonella cases in at least 10 states linked to dried mushrooms from a Southern California company.

More than 40 people have fallen ill and four have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

The suspected product in the outbreak is porcini mushrooms distributed by Wismettac Asian Foods based near Los Angeles. The company recalled all of its Shirakiku-branded imported mushrooms that were distributed to restaurants in six five-pound packs, the CDC said.

Some of those who got sick ate at restaurants serving ramen in three states, officials said.

The states where the cases have been reported are: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Restaurant employees should check the recalled dried mushrooms and not serve or sell them, officials said.

Most salmonella-infected people develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria, the CDC said. Symptoms usually last four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.

However, salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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