December 10, 2023

Salmonella Outbreak at Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado

A Salmonella outbreak among people who attended the Arapahoe County Fair in Colorado has sickened at least seven people, according to the Tri-County Health Department, Arapahoe County, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Those sickened attended the fair, or 4-H events associated with the fair, from July 21 to July 29, 2018.

Arapahoe County Fair Salmonella Outbreak

Officials have not identified the source of the pathogenic bacteria. The Tri County Health Department is conducting an investigation to determine the source and the outbreak strain.

Dr. John M. Douglas, Dr., Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department, said in a statement, “If you went to the Arapahoe County Fair or attended a 4-H event associated with the Fair and have these symptoms, we encourage you to see your health care provider.¬†While symptoms usually resolve on their own, your health care provider can advise on whether you need additional treatment.”

The symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea that may be bloody, stomach cramps, fever, nausea, and vomiting. This illness usually lasts up to a week. People may only be mildly ill, or be sick enough, or risk dehydration, that they need to be hospitalized. No one has been hospitalized in this particular outbreak.

Salmonella symptoms usually start 6 to 72 hours after exposure to the pathogen, usually by consuming food or drink that is contaminated. People can spread this infection to other people, since they shed the bacteria in their feces.

To prevent Salmonella infections, always wash your hands well with soap and water after using the bathroom or taking care of someone who is sick. Never prepare food or beverages for others, or serve food to others, if you have a diarrheal illness. And stay home from school or work if you are sick with diarrhea.

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