Allen County Public Health (ACPH) is investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak affecting Allen, Putnam, and Hancock counties. ACPH has been notified by Hancock County of an outbreak of Salmonella in multiple counties with illness onset currently ranging from October 1-6, 2022. Allen County had one confirmed case on Monday. Other counties may be affected.
Salmonella live in the intestines of humans and animals. People can get Salmonella infection from a variety of sources, including
• Eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water
• Touching infected animals, their faeces or their environment
Undercooked foods are the source of most Salmonella-related illnesses. This particular outbreak may be linked to baked goods prepared in a home bakery and distributed to establishments in Allen, Hancock and Putnam counties. Diagnosing a Salmonella infection requires testing a specimen (sample), such as stool (poo) or blood. The infection is diagnosed when a laboratory test detects Salmonella bacteria in stool, body tissues or fluids.
Most people who get sick from Salmonella have diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Symptoms usually begin 6 hours to 6 days after infection and last 4 to 7 days. People with these symptoms should contact their doctor.
Most people recover without specific treatment and do not need to take antibiotics. Antibiotics are generally only used to treat people with serious or at-risk illness. Most people recover from a Salmonella infection in four to seven days without antibiotic treatment. People with Salmonella infection should drink extra fluids while the diarrhea lasts. Some people’s illness can be so severe that they need to be hospitalized.
Antibiotic treatment is recommended for:
• People with a serious illness
• People with weakened immune systems, for example due to HIV infection or chemotherapy treatment
• Adults over 50 with medical conditions, such as heart disease
• Infants (children under 12 months).
• Adults 65 years or older