Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is issuing an alert for Salmonellosis disease across the United States.
Warnings for Mississippi, New York and Rhode Island are issued as these states are seeing incidence rates above forecast, according to the most recent data from mid-October 2016.
Ascel Bio’s current projections for all mentioned states show decreasing trends that will continue as we approach the end of the year. Reported case counts for Mississippi, New York and Rhode Island currently exceed all our forecasts. Mississippi and New York experienced large increases from previous levels that were in range with our forecast low. Since mid-September, Rhode Island cases were on a decline but have recently surpassed the forecast high.
Nationally, Ascel Bio is projecting a significant increase in Salmonellosis cases and demand for care in the coming months. Salmonellosis is caused by the bacteria called Salmonella. As temperatures increase, humid and warm conditions develop providing perfect conditions for the bacteria to grow and replicate. Salmonella lives in the intestinal tract of certain animals (birds, reptiles, amphibians) and humans. It is transmitted through contact with infected animals or ingesting contaminated foods or water. Salmonella causes fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea (which may be bloody) with an incubation period of 12-72 hours after infection. The illness can last up to 8 days with severe cases requiring hospitalization due to invasive Salmonella spreading into the bloodstream. Attention and care should be taken with the elderly, infants and individuals who are immunocompromised. Preventative measures include practicing good hygiene, such as washing your hands, especially after touching animals, cleaning surfaces prior to food preparation and cooking foods thoroughly.
Dan Nguyen joined Ascel Bio as a DiseaseCast contributor in January 2016. He holds a B.S. in Health Sciences and is currently a Medical Assistant working in New York State. Dan brings a passionate interest in clinical best practices and global health care issues to his reportage on disease outbreaks.