The Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI is investigating an unusual outbreak of salmonella on one of it’s units that has affected 14 patients since last week.
The source of the outbreak has not been determined; however, hospital officials say they don’t believe the salmonella outbreak is linked to food.
“Seven patients remain in the hospital and are doing well and are isolated as an added safety precaution,” Henry Ford Hospital said in a statement to Local 4. “No new patients have been identified this week. There’s no evidence at this time that the illness is food related.”
“Salmonella can be transmitted basically by anything that enters your mouth, whether it’s a dirty hand, touching something that has salmonella and touching your mouth, or food,” said Dr. Frank McGeorge. “In a hospital setting, it could be just about anything, and that’s where the detective work happens and really has to take place.”
The investigation continues.
People who are sick with Salmonella usually experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps about 12 to 72 hours after they eat something contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. Most people are sick for 4 to 7 days and can get better without treatment.
People who are at high risk for Salmonella infection include: infants, elderly, immunocompromised, including persons on immunosuppressive therapies or medications, and pregnant women. People can decrease their risk of Salmonella infection through proper food handling and preparation and by practicing proper hand washing and hygiene practices.