Seven people have been confirmed, and one person dead. After a salmonella outbreak strikes Hopkins County. The Health Department in Hopkins County believes the outbreak started earlier this week, but they don't know the cause. Health officials now plan to get to the bottom of this already deadly situation. The culprit can be anything from being around infected animals, to food with the bacteria. The cause of this salmonella outbreak now has health officials trying to figure out how the seven cases are all related. Until the the county finds the cause, residents should remain cautious.
A salmonella scare strikes Hopkins County, seven people effected, one dead. Denise Beach, with the Hopkins County Health Department, says one or two cases of salmonella is not uncommon. "Its normal every summer to have some salmonella cases in your area," says Beach. This week the health department went from handling one case to several. "By the third one you are starting to go, OK, we might be having a problem this week," says Beach. Another confirmed case rolls in the department's office just hours ago. "We just now received word that the seventh is ongoing," says Beach. She adds, in most salmonella attacks the person becomes sick within a 12 to 36 hour time frame. In most cases the victim gets better, but so far four of the cases from this week have been hospitalized. For one, the contamination turned fatal. "We have had one death with one of the culture confirmed patients."
Now the investigation begins. Beach says victims will go back 72 hours, answering questions from what they ate this week to their activities. Beach says its a complicated, but extremely necessary process. "We start doing histories from that time period before the patient become sick. We look at food diaries. It's very extensive information, where they have been what they have eaten, what they've been around." As for the rest of Hopkins County, how the 7 people got salmonella, remains a mystery that could take some time to solve. "We will be just looking at see what the results show, and it could take a while for that," says Beach.
The Hopkins County Health Department says it could take around three weeks until the cause of this salmonella outbreak is determined.