Salmonella hospitalizes Dayton woman, 77
77-year-old Dayton woman is recovering from salmonella poisoning after
spending over a week in the hospital.
Shirley Jane Shultz is the only person out of nine Nevadans infected with
salmonella this year from pepper to be hospitalized, according to the Nevada
The state had five reported cases in Washoe County, two in Carson City and
one each in Lyon and Elko counties.
Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center diagnosed Shultz with salmonella April
9, gave her antibiotics and released her from the hospital, Shultz said.
She went back April 13 because she was still feeling sick with indigestion
and other symptoms.
She stayed in the hospital until April 21 because her kidneys shut down
temporarily, making her seriously ill.
“There was a period where they didn’t think she would make it,” said Joe Di
Lonardo, her fiancé.
She is going in for medical checks regularly to make sure she stays healthy.
She said she is also trying to eat well, especially because a blood test
Friday showed she had low potassium.
“I’ve been pouring down the bananas,” she said.
John Tyler, a Carson Tahoe Medical Center representative, confirmed Shultz
was in the hospital, but said he could not comment on details of her stay
because of federal privacy regulations.
The state health division is keeping track of Shultz’s condition, said Martha
Framsted, a division representative.
Illness is common with all people who get salmonella, but the severity of the
infection depends on the person, she said.
California-based companies Union International Food Co. and CJ United
Corporation recalled white and black pepper in March and this month.
The two infections in Carson City were reported in January and February,
according to the Carson City Health and Human Services Department.
Infections seem to have come from an Asian restaurant in Reno, according to
Cases were also reported in California, Oregon and Washington. No deaths have
Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious infections and hurt a
person’s immune system.