Health and Family Services Cabinet
Public Health Identifies Additional Kentucky Suspect Salmonella Cases
UPDATE: Public Health Identifies Additional Kentucky Suspect Salmonella Cases
Outbreak Occurred During September, Early October
The Department for Public Health (DPH) laboratory has identified an additional four suspect cases related to the national Salmonella outbreak that took place during September and early October.
"The Department for Public Health continues to partner with local health departments to investigate cases of Salmonella reported in Kentucky during September and October related to this national outbreak," said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner of public health and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. "At this time no cause has been determined, but as always we encourage hand washing before cooking and taking simple precautions to prepare food safely to reduce the chance of illness."
DPH had previously identified 15 confirmed cases, all of which occurred in September. One of the newly identified suspect cases occurred in early October, but no new cases of illness have been reported in Kentucky in several weeks. The state public health laboratory will conduct additional tests to confirm the suspect cases. The source of the outbreak in Kentucky has not been identified, but DPH does not believe exposure is still occurring.
The 19 confirmed and suspect cases were reported in Laurel, Fayette, Scott, Whitley, Knox, Garrad and Leslie counties.
The Salmonella outbreak was recently detected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a national computer lab system that searches for patterns in reports of foodborne illness.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most persons recover without treatment. The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
DPH advises people to wash their hands with soap and water before preparing food, wash vegetables before slicing them, and cook eggs and other food items thoroughly to kill bacteria.
For updated information on the Salmonella outbreak in Kentucky visit: http://healthalerts.ky.gov/