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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: August 18, 2010


It's mid-August in Delaware, and we still have a few weeks of summer left to enjoy gathering with friends and family. The Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds residents that we can enjoy these gatherings even more if we take a few simple precautions to protect ourselves food borne illnesses.

The most commonly recognized food borne infections are those caused by the bacteria Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. coli 0157:H7, and by a group of viruses known as Norwalk. Although sometimes mild and usually self-limiting, these diseases can become severe and may require medical attention. Consult a health care provider if you are experiencing 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 3 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:

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.