The Chicago Tribune is reporting that two people remain hospitalized and several more are recovering from Illinois personal injuries after a salmonella food poisoning outbreak at the Skokie Country Club in the suburb of Glencoe in Illinois. Cook County health officials are still investigating the nature and cause of the Illinois salmonella outbreak. While the Department acknowledged that finding the source of the outbreak is unlikely, they will continue to investigate.
According to MayoClinic.com, there are more than 2,000 varieties of salmonella bacteria, but only a dozen of them cause personal injuries in people. Most of the illnesses fall under “gastroenteritis,” but some can result in typhoid fever. Salmonella-induced gastroenteritis is most often caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. Signs and symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, chills, headaches, muscle pains, or blood in the stool. Infants, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for more severe illness.
In the case of the Illinois salmonella infections, the Department of Health has updated the number of those hospitalized due to salmonella to eight; six have been discharged. There have been 37 confirmed cases of salmonella poisoning and the Department has received reports of symptoms in 50 other cases. The kitchen of the country club remains closed since the outbreak began June 12.
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