By Teddy Cambosa
Health authorities in Jamaica are investigating a possible salmonella outbreak, previously reported from the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa in Lucea, Hanover.
According to Patricia Hall Patterson, chief public health inspector for Hanover, the investigation has started as early as December.
“It is under control because the main kitchen was closed. The team was there. They came to a conclusion and recommendations were made. Since then, we have not had any cases, not to my knowledge. We did our part and we’re still doing some investigations,” Hall Patterson said.
The website, iwaspoisoned.com reports over 80 persons reported sick so far, a common diagnoses has been Salmonella.
Salmonella is an organism which 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 and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis
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Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.