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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: July 2, 2012
DHSS-64-2012





TAKE STEPS TO PREVENT FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS


The Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds residents to be smart this summer and protect themselves from food-borne illnesses. An outbreak of E. coli infections has been identified in a number of states. No cases have been identified in Delaware.

Among the most commonly recognized food-borne illnesses are caused by the organisms E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Noroviruses. Although these illnesses usually run their course, they can become severe and may require medical attention. Consult a health care provider if you experience a high fever (temperature over 101.5 F, measured orally), blood in the stools, prolonged vomiting that prevents keeping liquids down (which can lead to dehydration), signs of dehydration (including a decrease in urination, a dry mouth and throat, and feeling dizzy when standing up), and/or diarrheal illness that lasts more than three days.

DPH recommends the following to reduce the risk of food-borne diseases:

For More Information, contact DPH at (302) 744-1033 or 1-888-295-5156 and/or visit CDC website: www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/foodborneinfections_g.htm



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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