On September 28, 2015, officials with the North Dakota Department of Health announced that an investigation was being launched concerning the outbreak of Salmonella Thompson in the state. Twenty two people have been sickened, and the investigators are still locating a source. Investigators were alerted to the outbreak after all cases tested positive for Salmonella with the same genetic code. This indicates that the Salmonella may have a common source. The first of the cases was reported on July 20, 2015, and there may be more cases to be reported.
Salmonella is one of the most common sources of food poisoning in the United States. Salmonella infections usually occur after consuming contaminated food or water. Symptoms will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection and will include nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. In many cases, someone with Salmonella poisoning will recover on their own within a week. However in some cases the illness may linger or worsen, making medical intervention necessary. If you or a loved one begin showing the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.