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Washington state has a salmonella outbreak

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Release Date: Aug. 6, 2015

A Salmonella outbreak in Washington state is causing a large number of people to get sick. The outbreak is ongoing and is being investigated.

The source of the Salmonella is raw animal foods such as pork, beef, or poultry. Salmonella illness can be severe in persons with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms can include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration (fluid loss), especially among infants and the elderly

If you have symptoms, contact your healthcare provider. If you think that you have salmonella, please report it to Public Health at (206) 296-4774 (please say the name of your language if you need phone interpretation).

Pay extra attention to food safety to ensure that you and your family do not get sick:

  • Thorough hand-washing is the best way to prevent spread of salmonella.
  • Cook all meats thoroughly. Cook pork to 145°F and poultry to 165°F.
  • Wash cutting boards and counters used for meat or poultry preparation immediately after use to avoid contaminating other foods.

NOTE: People with diarrhea should not prepare or serve food or beverages to others, provide child care, or provide health care. Children with diarrhea should not attend child care, summer camp, or school.

Complete information: www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/diseases/Salmonella/outbreak.aspx