Watseka, IL -Public health officials announced three confirmed cases of Salmonella in Ford County today. According to Doug Corbett, Public Health Administrator, one of the confirmed cases did eat at the Subway Restaurant in Paxton since May 1st but the investigation is still in progress to see if the illness is linked to that food establishment or if contracted through another source. May 1st is the first date that is on record for persons eating at Subway and then becoming ill afterwards. The other two cases are bank personnel who may have handled money that may also have been handled by a person having Salmonella.
“We are continuing our investigation in these cases and are awaiting laboratory confirmation as to the type of Salmonella that is involved with the person who did eat at the Subway, said Corbett. “If the laboratory report finds that this is the rare serotype called Hvittingfoss, we will then test all food handlers at the food establishment. Work is currently being conducted to identify the source of the bacteria.”
Corbett said symptoms of Salmonellosis (the illness caused by Salmonella bacteria), include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and/or stomach cramps. He indicated that the onset of symptoms usually happens within six to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria and generally lasts three to seven days although some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all but may still transmit the bacteria to others.
The local health department is asking anyone who has experienced any of the symptoms listed above to contact their medical provider for further evaluation. More information about Salmonellosis is also available at the IDPH Web site at http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hbsam.htm
Contact: Julie Clark, PIO