IRVINE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Estill County Health Department is investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak in the community. Local health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to determine the extent of the outbreak as well as the source of the illness.
On Monday the Estill County Health Department said forty nine people are potentially related to the outbreak. Twenty three are suspected cases and one is culture confirmed salmonella. Officials say eight people were hospitalized.
It appears people began getting sick at the end of January with gastrointestinal illness. Rapid molecular lab tests have been reported positive for Salmonella, but further testing is needed to properly isolate and identify the bacteria, according to health department officials.
Inspections of restaurants associated with the outbreak have not revealed any major violations in food handling. However, one restaurant did voluntary close to allow additional inspections.
The cause of the possible outbreak has not been determined.
Salmonella infections are relatively common, generally resulting in diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12-to-72 hours after infection, with the illness usually lasting 4-to-7 days, according to health officials.
Although most people recover without treatment, severe infections may occur, especially in infants, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. If you believe you have experienced symptoms of salmonellosis, consult your healthcare provider.
If you have a question, you may contact the Estill County Health Department at 606-723-5181 or the Kentucky Department for Public Health at 502-564