Head Start Students in LA Get Salmonella
Date Published: Friday, October 24th, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4079
A salmonella outbreak at several preschools in the San Fernando Valley and East Los Angeles have left 15 Head Start students hospitalized and over two dozen children and adults sickened, according to county officials.
The outbreak was traced to a
Dassey said public
health investigators were still in the process of determining the extent of
the outbreak, which seemed to increase hourly. As of noon yesterday,
there were 25 confirmed cases, but “that will only go up,” he said. The
first reported case occurred on October 15 at the
Salmonella bacterium, is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces, and can occur when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements involved in meat storage. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and cramping within 12 to 72 hours of infection. Salmonella poisoning can lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area, such as the eyes, skin or muscles, is affected.
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