Salmonella Outbreak Update

Ohiarihko:wa / July 24, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health and the Community Health Program would like to update the community members of Akwesasne regarding the recent salmonella outbreak.

As of July 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Community Health has confirmed two (2) cases of salmonella.  Community Health is continuing their investigation of community members who are symptomatic with possible salmonella.  As of today Community Health has contacted fifty (50) community members and eleven (11) who have been advised to seek medical attention and further lab testing for salmonella.  Twenty-four (24) members of the community have been identified and information has been forwarded to the St Regis Mohawk Tribal Health Unit for further investigation. 

Ongoing monitoring will continue for today; If you or a family member are experiencing symptoms of salmonella such as diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, or vomiting please contact 613-575-2341 ext. 3220 to speak to a Community Health nurse.

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health and the Community Health Program is continuing the sharing of information with a medical officer of health at Cornwall, and the St Regis Mohawk Tribe, to investigate an outbreak of salmonella infection. Community Health is recommending testing should members of Akwesasne present themselves needing medical attention over the weekend.

A nurse has been assigned to monitor laboratory results this weekend and will contact community members if a result is made available over the weekend.

We are continuing to advise Mohawk community members to follow strict hand-washing guidelines to prevent the spread and transmission of salmonella.  People who have diarrhea should not work as food handlers, or provide care for children or patients. Children who have diarrhea should not go to childcare. Most infected people may return to work or school when diarrhea stops, and they are symptom-free for 24 hours, provided that they are careful to wash their hands after using the toilet.

Have a great and safe weekend and further updates will be made available on July 27, 2015.