The salmonella outbreak that began in Connecticut is not limited to the state’s grocery stores.
As the outbreak spreads throughout the country, the state is being overwhelmed by the numbers of people who have been infected and have spread the infection.
It’s become a full-fledged national crisis, with thousands of cases and an estimated 50,000 cases of salmonellosis reported nationwide.
That number could grow as many as 10 times in the coming weeks.
The governor is urging the people of Connecticut to keep their food fresh and sanitary.
“Our goal is to protect the people in our state from getting sick, not from spreading it,” Governor Dannel Malloy said at a news conference.
“The state is at war right now with the outbreak.”
The first cases of the outbreak have been reported in New York City, but officials in Connecticut say the spread is accelerating.
In New York, the first case of salvemia has been reported to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the health department said.
“We have had at least six cases of people having salmonele infections, with some more having confirmed cases,” the department said in a statement.
Officials in Connecticut are asking for anyone with a recent history of salvis, or exposure to salve or its active ingredient, to get tested.
They are asking anyone with known exposure to any of the following products to call the state health department at 1-800-842-2582 for more information: canned goods, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, dairy and egg products, and meat and poultry products.
Connecticut is already seeing an uptick in cases of other types of salvo-related illnesses.
On Thursday, a salve-related illness was reported in Westport, Connecticut.
Officials there said on Twitter that the patient had tested positive for salve and a salvage-related condition.
Other states are reporting more cases of serious infections as the outbreak continues.
Connecticut has seen more than 1,000 reported cases of sick people with salve, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The state has also reported the deaths of three children, ages 4, 7, and 12.
The deaths are under investigation.
“This is a horrific epidemic, and it’s taking a tremendous toll on Connecticut,” Malloy told reporters.
“There are going to be some folks who are going into hiding and we are going after them with the full force of the law.”
Malloy has said that his office is working with the CDC to help contain the outbreak and has asked for more resources.