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Three Salmonella Cases Confirmed in Ashe County PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 05:34

Officials with the Appalachian Regional Health Department are investigating what could have caused three Salmonella cases that were confirmed in Ashe County.

 

According to the public information officer with the health department, Jennifer Greene, this outbreak of Salmonella is not related to the sicknesses reported in Ashe County last September.

 

Greene said the cases were confirmed in February and they are looking at commonalities in restaurants and food with the three victims.

 

Greene said there are several restaurants that all three victims had recently visited in Ashe and Watauga County, but investigators haven’t been able to pinpoint a direct cause yet.

 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness typically lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment.

 

Anyone who believes they may have contracted Salmonella should contact their local health department.

 

Information about how to prevent Salmonella can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website > http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/dfbmd/disease_listing/salmonellosis_gi.html#12

 

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