Salmonellosis Risk Spreading: KY, ME, MA, RI

by Dan Nguyen

Disease forecaster Ascel Bio today is re-issuing an alert for Salmonellosis disease across the United States.

Warnings for Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are issued as these states are seeing incidence rates above forecast, according to the most recent data from late June and early July 2016.

Ascel Bio’s current Kentucky forecast displays a low transmission rate throughout the year, with a slight rise that will last the summer. In comparison, Maine projection shows the state exhibiting a decreasing pattern that will soon arrive to a summer forecast low. Kentucky and Maine both currently report case counts that are twofold in comparison to their respective forecasts.  Massachusetts and Rhode Island projections show the states rapidly nearing a large peak that will eventually decrease. Massachusetts forecast will continue to decrease until winter while Rhode Island will increase again during late summer. Last observations for Massachusetts show a dramatic change in the span of three weeks as there was significant upsurge in cases. Prior to this, case count was below our forecast low.  Rhode Island continues to show an incidence rate above the forecast high already on a rise.

Nationally, Ascel Bio is projecting a significant increase in Salmonellosis cases and demand for care during the summer 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.

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Posted on: Jul 19, 2016 | Share:
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