At least 6 cases of Salmonella have been reported in people living in or near Berea, Kentucky. The illness, which has been reported in 3 counties, is being investigated by county and state health officials.

While it’s not unusual to see this many cases of Salmonella in a year, it’s unusual to see them at once, said Christie Green, spokeswoman for the Madison County Health Department.  “To have them in this cluster is what’s gotten our attention,” she said.

Epidemiologists and Environmentalists are continuing the investigation to determine the source of the Salmonella cases in the community.  Madison County Health Department will provide more information as it becomes available.

While the severity of symptoms may vary, most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, nausea, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.  People with diarrhea usually recover completely with no treatment except oral fluids to prevent dehydration.  The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.   Anyone who has severe symptoms or symptoms that do not improve may need to see their health care provider.