Multiple reports of possible Salmonella illness are under investigation by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH).
The local and state agencies are investigating a foodborne illness outbreak in Campbellsville, KY.
By Friday, September 22, 2023, 13 cases of illness were reported. Six cases have been confirmed as salmonella, while the remaining seven are categorized as probable salmonella.
According to the onset of symptoms, those who are ill were likely exposed between September 8-10, 2023. There have been no newly reported cases of illness within the past several days, so it does not appear this is an ongoing outbreak.
Salmonella illness is typically transmitted to people when they eat foods contaminated with this type of bacteria, but can also be transmitted through contact with animals or their environment. Symptoms of salmonella illness often include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, headache, loss of appetite, and/or dehydration.
Anyone can become infected with this type of illness; however, groups at the highest risk of severe illness include children younger than five, adults older than 65, and those with a weakened immune system. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
The state health department’s investigation is continuing. For anyone experiencing symptoms or who suspects someone you know may be sick, it is recommended that you seek medical attention from your primary care physician.
To report a possible foodborne illness, visit the Kentucky Food Safety Reporting website at https://redcap.chfs.ky.gov/surveys/?s=FAW4DLJJKK or call the Taylor County Health Department at 270-465-4191.
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