The number of people sickened in Estill County, Kentucky continues to rise. There are now 75 people showing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness. Over 50 of those cases have been confirmed to be Salmonella. Eleven people have had to be hospitalized because of their illness. The investigation into the source of the outbreak is still ongoing. Health officials are also working to confirm the presence of Salmonella in the remaining unconfirmed cases. Although no source has been identified by health officials, the Eagles Roost sports bar has been linked to the outbreak by the owner. Nineteen sickened people reported eating at the bar prior to being ill. The Eagles Roost recently closed voluntarily for cleaning.
Symptoms of Salmonella are similar to other sources of gastrointestinal illness. After infection, a case of Salmonella poisoning can develop over the course of 12 to 72 hours. The general symptoms of Salmonella include vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Children, the elderly, and those with suppressed immune systems may be at a greater risk of developing a severe Salmonella infection. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, contact a medical professional.