A Pennsylvania Salmonella outbreak that includes two hospitals and two nursing homes in southeastern Pennsylvania has sickened 29 people. The illnesses occurred between November 19 and November 30 at the facilities whose names have not yet been released by state health officials investigating the outbreak.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, usually develop with six to 72 hours after contaminated food is eaten. They include diarrhea that can be bloody, abdominal pain and, sometimes, fever.
Elderly people and people with compromised immune systems are at elevated risk of developing more serious cases of salmonellosis and the serious complications associated with these infections.