40 people ill with salmonella in Perry County, Missouri

An outbreak of salmonella has now sickened 40 people in Perry County, Missouri. The number of documented cases continues to rise as more people report their illnesses. Several of those who have become ill were hospitalized, mostly for dehydration.

The source of the contamination has not yet been determined, although some of the victims had said they were sick with symptoms of salmonella contamination shortly after attending a church picnic. The Perry County Health Department is continuing its investigation to identify the source of the illnesses and to determine if more people have become ill since the outbreak began.

Food safety can be a significant factor in salmonella outbreaks. Improper hygiene, such as not washing hands thoroughly before and after handling food, can create contamination. Health department investigators have developed a survey they will use to find a common source among the victims. They also anticipate seeing new cases of secondary infection, as salmonella is highly contagious.

Salmonellosis, the infection caused by salmonella bacteria, often results in acute gastroenteritis, an illness that usually results in diarrhea and/or vomiting due to severe inflammation of the stomach and intestines caused by the bacteria. Infected individuals typically begin to experience diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 8 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The diarrhea, which may be bloody, may start suddenly and without warning. Other symptoms occur less frequently, including headache, nausea, vomiting, joint pain, and fatigue.

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