A Salmonella outbreak at the Akwesasne on the Canadian side of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation has been confirmed by the Mohawk Council. As of July 24, 2015, Community Health says there are two people sick with Salmonella food poisoning.
Community Health is investigating the outbreak and has contacted 50 community members and eleven who have been advised to seek medical attention and lab testing for the pathogenic bacteria. Twenty-four members have been identified. Information has been forwarded to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Health Unit for investigation.
If you or a family member are part of that community and are experiencing the symptoms of a Salmonella infection, please contact 613-575-2341 ext. 3220 to speak to a Community Health nurse. Those symptoms include diarrhea that may be bloody, fever, chills, headache, and/or vomiting. A nurse is monitoring lab results this weekend.
Handwashing guidelines should be followed carefully to prevent the spread of this illness. People with diarrhea should not handle food or care for children or patients. Children with diarrhea should not go to daycare.