Salmonella affects 14 Detroit hospital patients

Salmonella under 12,000X magnification. | Courtesy of the CDC
Fourteen patients at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit were exposed to salmonella last week, a local news station reported Tuesday.

Detroit Local 4 said patients were being treated for other conditions and that this outbreak is not related to contaminated food. Doctors at the hospital believe that the outbreak is likely from a single source. It is typically passed through ingesting or handling affected food.

Hospital staff and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials are working to determine the source of this apparent outbreak.

"Seven patients remain in the hospital and are doing well and are isolated as an added safety precaution," hospital officials said in a statement. "No new patients have been identified this week. There's no evidence at this time that the illness is food related."
  
Typically, salmonella is a mild illness that presents itself with nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Most cases resolve themselves within a week without treatment. Severe cases will also include high fevers and bloody diarrhea.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a 34-state outbreak of a salmonella strain that has 671 reported cases as of Tuesday.

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