By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Pennsylvania state health officials report investigating four Salmonella outbreaks at healthcare
facilities in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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

So far, 29 patients have been sickened with Salmonella in one of four healthcare facilities experiencing outbreaks, which include two hospitals and two long-term care facilities (LTCFs).

Known onset dates range from November 19-November 30, 2019. Case identification is ongoing.

Symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Diarrhea is sometimes bloody. Symptoms usually begin within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, but they can begin up to a week or more after exposure. Salmonella infections usually resolve in 5 to 7 days, but may require hospitalization, especially for patients who are immunocompromised. Invasive infections (for example, blood stream infections, meningitis) may occur. In rare cases, Salmonella infections can lead to death.

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