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Muskegon County salmonella outbreak up to 18 cases

The case count in the salmonella outbreak in the Muskegon County, Michigan area is now up to 18 cases, 16 residents in Muskegon County and two in Ottawa County, up from 15 cases reported last week.

Salmonella image/CDC

Salmonella image/CDC

According to the investigation by officials at Public Health – Muskegon County, most cases come from a type associated with eggs and chicken–Salmonella enteritidis.

According to an MLive report Sunday, Agency director, Ken Kraus said, “We are close to identifying a specific restaurant as the place of exposure,” Kraus said. “There is still some unclear information about any particular food item. We are also looking at individuals that were sick while they were in the facility.”

Salmonella is typically a food-borne illness acquired from contaminated raw poultry, eggs, and unpasteurized milk and cheese products. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella. Food may also become contaminated by the hands of an infected food handler who did not wash hands with soap after using the bathroom.

Salmonella may also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea, and people can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with pets or pet feces. Reptiles, such as turtles, lizards, and snakes, are particularly likely to harbor Salmonella.

Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

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