Health Alert for Ethiopians in Seattle |
Salmonella illnesses reported locally among people of Ethiopian origin
By Seattle & King County Press Release
August 2, 2014
No specific source has been confirmed at this time, but experts are concerned that the illnesses may be caused by raw or undercooked beef contaminated with Salmonella. Beef products that are consumed raw or undercooked in the Ethiopian community include Kitfo, Gored Gored, Tera Sega, Delot, Leb Leb and Kuanta.
An investigation is ongoing to pinpoint the cause of the Salmonella infections. Until more is known, health officials encourage the community to follow safe food practices to reduce the risk of illness:
If you experience foodborne illness symptoms, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting or fever, contact your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, contact the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 for help finding low cost health services.
As more information about the source of the illness is known, health officials will provide updates to the community.
More information about Salmonella is available on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website at www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/communicable/diseases/Salmonella.aspx
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