The Estill County Health Department has announced that they are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 41. Nineteen of those cases have been confirmed in a laboratory. This outbreak has resulted in 6 hospitalizations. No deaths have been reported. The County Health Department is working with state health officials to determine the source of the outbreak.
Salmonella poisoning generally occurs when someone consumes contaminated food or water. Those with certain risk factors, such as children, those with suppressed immune systems, and the elderly have an increased chance of developing an infection. A Salmonella infection will develop between 12 and 72 hours and cause symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. Although many cases of Salmonella go away after a few days, it is still a good idea to contact a medical professional if you or a loved one begin to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning.