By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The University of Maryland reported three students who have been identified with Salmonella, two confirmed at outside medical facilities and one at the University Health Center.
According to Dr. David McBride, Director of the University Health Center says the source of the infection is not yet clear – two of the three individuals have eaten at a variety of campus dining facilities and one has not eaten on campus at all. The three students who were identified with this infection have fully recovered without incident.
“While there is no indication at this time that the source of this infection came from campus, we will keep the campus community informed once we learn from the state and county health departments if additional precautions should be taken”, Dr. McBride said.
Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can be passed through contaminated food or from contact with an infected animal. Symptoms typically include diarrhea, blood in the stool, fever and abdominal pain and usually last 4–7 days. Most people recover without specific treatment. If you develop fever with diarrhea, persistent diarrhea longer than 48-72 hours or bloody diarrhea, you should contact a healthcare provider.
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