Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Thirteen Salmonella Cases Suspected in Western Kentucky

salmonellaMADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/26/13) – The number of confirmed salmonella cases in Hopkins County vary, depending on your perspective.
 
The Hopkins County Health Department reports there have been 10 culture-confirmed cases of salmonella related illness in Hopkins County.
 
But that doesn't necessarily mean all the cases are linked. Tests performed by the Cabinet for Public Health (CPH) in Frankfort confirms five cases of salmonella illness in Hopkins County have the same genetic fingerprint, according to CPH spokeswoman Gwenda Bond.
 
However, there are a total of 13 suspected salmonella cases in the western Kentucky counties of Hopkins, Webster and Christian counties being studied by the CPH. Of the five Hopkins County linked and confirmed cases, one of those includes a death from the illness. Lab tests on the other cases are pending, said Bond.
 
Bond said the local health department bases the 10-case scenario on preliminary lab results while the state office has completed the more sophisticated pattern-matching lab tests on the five.
 
Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach, who has been in Frankfort for the past two days, said Thursday that the state CPH will be determining if all 10 cases are genetically related.
 
"Those figures are like comparing apples to oranges," said Beach. "They have confirmed that five cases are related and we're waiting for them to tell us if there are more."
 
Bond told SurfKY News Wednesday that no particular food source has been established in the cases.
 
"We don't have a solid connection yet," she said. "We don't jump to conclusions."
 
Last year, an outbreak of salmonella was traced to two grocery stores in Kentucky selling cantaloupe from one specific farm.
 
Bond said anyone with symptoms — diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps — should contact their healthcare professional.
 
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said the CDC currently is not investigating the outbreak.
 
While state CPH is continuing its investigation to genetically identify cases to type for the same strain, food histories for each of the cases have been collected, said Bond.
 
"Anytime there is a food-borne illness, we do an investigation to determine the source," said Bond. "Proper food handing along with frequent hand washing are still the best ways to prevent the illness."
 
Beach said only cases with a Hopkins County address are classified as Hopkins County cases.
 
"If someone contracts the illness here but they are traveling through, they are not counted as Hopkins County," she said.
 
Beach said the five linked cases have been identified by the state CPH as Type B Typhimurium.
 
Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 30, 2014 3807

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 28, 2014 3476

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 3267

UPDATE: Waide Responds to Allegations of…

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
July 28, 2014 3048

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2568

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 28, 2014 3476

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 3048

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 28, 2014 2568

Disagreement Over Killing Snake in House…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 30, 2014 1883

Murder Charges Filed in Death of Hanson…

in Top Stories by Det. Jonathon Barnes
July 28, 2014 1743

Madisonville Man Arrested for Assault,…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 28, 2014 1201

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 1068

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 28, 2014 950

Instant Admissions Day is Aug. 1, 2014

in News by Bernie Hale
July 29, 2014 763

Happenings and Meetings - Daviess County

in News by Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
July 28, 2014 466

Prosecutors Mull Over Whether to Charge…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 30, 2014 3807

Three Arrested in Muhlenberg as Part of…

in Top Stories by GPD Officer Wes Miller
July 30, 2014 2322

UPDATE: Muhlenberg Man, Woman Arrested in…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
July 28, 2014 1466

Foot Pursuit Ends with Arrest

in Top Stories by Christopher Rogers
July 29, 2014 1390

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 1374

Boys of Broad to Launch Video at Cinema 4

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03