Salmonella cases reported in county
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.taylordailypress.net/articles/2008/08/13/news/news05.txt
Fifty cases of salmonella have been
Of the 50 cases, 11 were of the
salmonella saintpaul strain, which is believed to be
responsible for the widely reported nationwide outbreak that began in May,
though none of those were reported in
Epidemiologist David Bastis said the national outbreak is only partially responsible for the high number of reported cases of salmonella this year.
?That?s definitely part of it, but that doesn?t stop us from looking for other outbreaks from another type of salmonella,? he said. ?Another explanation could be that there?s another outbreak going on.?
Bastis said another cause of the high number of cases this year is heightened awareness of the disease. In the absence of an outbreak, people may not be as likely to visit a doctor.
?During an outbreak, there?s a tendency to get more [cases] reported when there?s publicity going on,? he said. ?Everyone has an increased awareness.?
Bastis said doctors are also influenced by the heightened publicity the disease receives during an outbreak and may be more likely to test for salmonella.
According to Bastis, none of the reported cases of salmonella this year were fatal.
Bastis said the number of reported salmonella cases is declining, though the outbreak has still not been eliminated.
?I wouldn?t say that it?s over,? he said. ?We?re seeing fewer cases in our county, but there?s always a lag in reporting. Those numbers could change tomorrow
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