Prevention Tips Amid The 35-State Salmonella Outbreak
Facility cleaning managers will always inherit a set of expectations when it comes to adequate cleaning, disinfecting and infection control efforts. Taking it a step further to promote proper handwashing — be it through signage, announcements or other forms of marketing — can go a long way in preventing otherwise harmful bacteria such as Salmonella — which is currently the focal point of a 35-state outbreak according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Distributors that offer foodservice equipment such as thermometers can also provide guidance as well to ensure end users are safe.
For employees working in particularly at-risk areas such as foodservice facilities, there are a variety of signs of infection and best practices that can be followed, per the CDC.
The onset can be relatively quick, with those afflicted experiencing symptoms of fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea within a range of 6 hours to 6 days after initial infection. Once experienced, these symptoms can be expected for up to a week.
Salmonella can take its toll on all demographics, but antibiotic treatment is recommended for the following parties: adults above 50 with underling medical conditions; infants under one year; those who are autoimmune-compromised; and adults over the age of 65.
Aside from thorough handwashing after contact with any food that could be suspected to have salmonella, other tips include avoiding food or beverages in any area where high-risk animals exist — such as turtles, chickens, cats or dogs. For every reported case of Salmonella, there can be up to 30 unreported cases — making it critical for employees or facility occupants experiencing symptoms to limit contact with others until fully recovered.
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