In an update to a report earlier this week, The Central District Health Department (CDHD) is now reporting 100 cases of Salmonella associated with the Boise Co-op deli. The outbreak is linked to food purchased from the deli after June 1, 2015 and preliminary test results showed Salmonella growth in raw turkey, tomatoes and onion. However, additional laboratory tests are pending.

Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Salmonella bacteria (red)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

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, 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.

How can the spread of Salmonella be prevented?

  • Thorough hand washing with soap and water:
    • After using the toilet.
    • After diapering children or assisting them with using the toilet.
    • After handling pets.
    • Before handling food or eating.
  • Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or consume unpasteurized (raw) dairy products.
  • Thoroughly cook all meat and poultry products.
  • Thoroughly rinse/wash all fruits and vegetables in potable (clean) water. Use a vegetable brush to completely clean unpeeled vegetables.
  • Avoid cross-contamination of utensils and food preparation surfaces. Do not use the same knives or cutting boards for raw meats and vegetables. Thoroughly clean all utensils and preparation surfaces.