Outbreak Of Salmonella Infection

Ohiarihko:wa / July 22, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health and the Community Health Program is investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infection in the community.

If you or anyone you know has attended a social gathering within the last two weeks and are exhibiting symptoms of a Salmonella infection, please contact a Community Health Nurse or your health care provider.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually start 6-72 hours after exposure,  with symptoms most commonly appearing 12-36 hours after exposure. Longer incubation periods of up to 16 days have been documented, and may not be uncommon following low-dose exposure.

Symptoms include:

Abdominal cramp

Symptoms can last for 4-7 days or longer. In healthy people, salmonellosis often clears up without treatment. In some cases severe illness and hospitalization may occur. People who are infected with Salmonella bacteria can be infectious from several days to several weeks. People who experience symptoms, or who have underlying medical conditions, should contact their health care providers if they suspect they have a Salmonella infection.

What you should do to protect your health and reduce the spread:

  • Minimize cross-contamination through the use of safe food handling techniques. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene after using washroom, after assisting others with personal care (e.g. diapering or toileting), after handling raw foods, pets and other animals, and before food handling. 
  • Cook and reheat food thoroughly to the appropriate temperatures.
  • For safe food-heating temperatures, see the Ministry of Health’s publication “Food Safety: Cook” available at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/foodsafety/c...
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions for cooking and re-heating of high-risk food items.  (Such as raw or frozen poultry and processed poultry products). 

For high risk individuals, avoid consuming raw sprouts.

  • Avoid preparing or serving food while ill and if you are ill stay home.
  • Avoid drinking raw or unpasteurized milk. For children, older adults, pregnant women and the immunocompromised, avoid consuming dairy products made from unpasteurized or raw milk.
  • Keep storage of hazardous food at room temperature for no more than 2 hours.

Adapted from: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/foodsafety/f...

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Health Nurses can be reached at 613-575-2341 Ext. 3220.