AURORA, Colo. (KDVR)-A salmonella outbreak that has infected dozens of people in 14 states has been linked to a Denver seafood company that distributes to restaurants and supermarkets in Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 82 of 102 cases are currently in Colorado.
“When we start seeing a cluster of cases then the health department will do a follow -up to see where it came from,” Drs. Eric Hill, an emergency medicine physician at Aurora Medical Center.
Hill said salmonella has similar symptoms to other stomach bugs or infections and may not be diagnosed.
“The vast majority of cases for someone to go to the hospital for gastrointestinal stress are vomiting and diarrhea. We don’t automatically test for these types (salmonella) of bacterial infections,” Hill said.
He stated the only way to confirm if someone has salmonella or an outbreak is occurring is to get stool samples from patients.
“If those cultures come back positive for salmonella that’s a reported condition for the health department,” Hill said.
The CDC encourages anyone to experience the following symptoms to contact a health care provider immediately:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102 ° F
- Diarrhea of more than 3 days does not improve
- Bloody diarrhea
- There is so much vomiting that you can’t stop the fluids
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not urinating
- Dry mouth and throat
- I was dizzy on standing up
If an outbreak is confirmed by health professionals, he said doctors in areas with confirmed cases often treat patients for salmonella before diagnosis. Hill said the antibiotics used to treat the disease are the same as those used to treat other stomach infections.
“It can take days or many people showing symptoms for them to start ordering those tests and realize that there is a Salmonella outbreak in that area,” Hill said.
Hill said throughout his career he has often, if not all cases, seen salmonella in teenagers or younger. He said he was not 100% positive as to why he had seen more cases of children. He said it could be linked to children’s immune systems or what children eat.
The CDC advises anyone concerned with household products to dispose of and wash surfaces or containers that may have come in contact with them.
- Bone-in trout
- Red snapper
- Red Rock cod
- Land in the ocean
- Pacific cod
- Coho salmon
- Parts of salmon in the Atlantic
- Lane snapper
- All-natural salmon
- Single Pacific
- Raised bass stripes are the bass
14 Colorado counties were affected by the salmonella outbreak
According to the Colorado Department of General Health and the Environment, 82 cases have been reported in the following counties:
- Adams (3)
- Arapahoe (6)
- Boulder (8)
- Broomfield (3)
- Denver (19)
- Douglas (7)
- Agila (3)
- El Paso (2)
- Grand (1)
- Jefferson (6)
- Larimer (13)
- Included (4)
- Summit (1)
- Weld (6)
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