July 26, 2014

Shiawassee County Salmonella Outbreak Case Count at 13

SalmonellaThe Salmonella outbreak in Shiawassee County, Michigan has grown to include 13 people. Of those 13 cases, 9 are confirmed and 4 cases are suspect, according to Courtney Herrick, Director of Personal & Community Health Services for the county.

Ms. Herrick told Food Poisoning Bulletin that public health officials¬†“took food samples from the restaurant that was the potential source but all tests came back ‘not detected’ for salmonella.” The investigation is ongoing, and the restaurant has not been named.¬†The Health Department is working with the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to determine the cause.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that appear about 12 to 72 hours after exposure. If you have been experiencing these symptoms, see your doctor and contact the health department at 989-743-2355.

To prevent Salmonella infections, cook poultry, ground beef, and eggs thoroughly. Do not eat raw eggs or drink raw milk. If a restaurant serves you any of these products undercooked, send it back to the kitchen for further cooking. Be aware of cross-contamination in your kitchen and always wash your hands and work surfaces with soap and water after handling raw meat.

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