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Cole County Health Department reports 25 cases of salmonella

There were 25 reported cases of salmonella in Cole County in mid-April. (MGN Online)

The Cole County Health Department has begun to notice an increase in salmonella cases, citing 25 as of April 12.

Cole County Health Department Director Kristi Campbell said usually the department has 3-5 cases of salmonella at any given time.

According to a news release, staff members at the department were interviewing the sick individuals to find out information about what they have eaten and if they have other risk factors, like handling baby chicks. As information was compared, it was noted that several food establishments were named and some sick people did not eat at any food establishments.

The release also said the health department alerted City of Jefferson Environmental Public Health staff, who has jurisdiction over food establishments in Jefferson City, about food establishments that sick individuals have eaten at. The City of Jefferson Environmental Public Health staff investigated these leads to determine if safe food handling procedures are being followed in these food establishments.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the health department was awaiting PFGE results from the Missouri State Health Laboratory in Jefferson City. Those results were expected to give more in-depth information about the salmonella and would be compared to determine a pattern for the transmission.

According to the Mayo Clinic, humans become infected most frequently through contaminated water or food. Typically, people with salmonella infection have no symptoms. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within eight to 72 hours. Most healthy people recover within a few days without specific treatment.

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