Officials confirm one death due to Salmonella outbreak

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - The Hopkins County Health Department are advising you to wash your hands and to fully cook you meat after a salmonella outbreak.

Officials confirms a salmonella outbreak after one person's death was reported on Wednesday.

Health officials say there have been seven confirmed cases. Of the six, four people were hospitalized. One has died.

The Health Department say they started the investigation on Tuesday. They say it could take a few weeks.

Officials are unsure if the outbreak is caused by contaminated food or if it is animal related.

Investigators will be attempting to link the cases together with food diaries and interviewing the victims.

Denise Beach with the Hopkins County Health Department says symptoms are fever, diarrhea, and abdominal cramping.

"People want to be really good about hand washing. They need to make sure that food is cooked to proper temperatures, especially meat and eggs. They want to keep raw food, raw meat, once it's been worked with, they need to make sure all the cutting boards, countertops, utensils are cleaned," Beach said.

She says if you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.

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