Infectious diseases: Even more salmonella evidence in an old people's home
In an old people's home in Brandenburg, several residents were infected with Salmonella. These bacteria can be a major danger, especially for older and immunocompromised people. Two of the sick residents have since died. The local health department explains how to protect yourself.
Number of Salmonella evidence increased
The accumulation of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract that has occurred among residents of the old people's and nursing home in Storkow in eastern Brandenburg has not stopped. As of June 26, 2018, a total of 21 residents of the facility and two nursing staff had fallen ill (as of July 13). Salmonellosis was detected in eight of the sick people, reports the health department of the Oder-Spree district. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the number of Salmonella evidence has now increased from eight to nine.
Two patients died
According to the head of the health department in the Oder-Spree district, Rutker Stellke, a quick test showed evidence of another resident, but no illness had broken out.
After the outbreak of gastrointestinal diseases in the home, the woman, like all other residents and all employees, gave a stool sample.
According to the Health Department, the condition of five of the seven inpatients was significantly improved, four of them were discharged from the hospital.
But: "In two of the inpatients who had numerous previous illnesses, other complications occurred accompanying the infection, which they subsequently died from," writes the authority.
According to the information, intensive efforts are underway to clarify the causes and relationships of the disease as quickly as possible.
Food can be a possible source of infection
The Office points out that the occurrence of infectious diseases with Salmonella is fundamentally nothing unusual, especially in summer periods with high daytime temperatures.
Salmonella are bacteria that are found worldwide. Food can be a potential source of infection.
The pathogens multiply in the gastrointestinal tract. Common symptoms of Salmonella are sudden diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, general malaise and occasionally vomiting. There is often a mild fever.
The complaints often last for several days and then subside.
Contagion from person to person
As the health authority explains, infection from person to person is possible, especially through smear infections when there are deficiencies in personal hygiene.
After infection, the disease breaks out after six to 72 hours, usually after twelve to 36 hours.
According to the experts, adults can still be contagious for up to a month after diarrhea and abdominal pain have subsided.
With young children and very old people, the excretions can last for several weeks, with severe courses even up to half a year or longer.
How to protect yourself
"To protect yourself from Salmonella infections, you need very good kitchen hygiene, the right handling of food and, in particular, attentive and conscientious hand hygiene," writes the health department Oder-Spree.
Basically, wash your hands regularly.
"Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after each use of the toilet, before preparing food, after processing raw animal products, before eating and after contact with animals!" Said the experts.
Then the hands should be carefully dried with a clean cloth. (ad)