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Mar 12, 2015

04:21:40 GMT--Biological Hazard - North-America - USA

EDIS Number: BH-20150130-46822-USA

Date / time: 30/01/2015 04:51:01 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of Texas

Location: Dalhart

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: 64 person(s)

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


The mystery remains on what exactly is causing Dalhart residents to catch salmonella. Coon Memorial Hospital says that the first case was reported several weeks ago, and since then, it's increased at a steady rate. "Dehydration is the biggest risk, so some people have to be hospitalized to get intravenous fluids," said Janet Wilson, director of infectious diseases at Coon Memorial Hospital. In fact, some of the twelve patients have been hospitalized. Symptoms start developing 12 to 72 hours after contamination. "Generally it's from a type of animal product like meat, poutlry, or also eggs. You can also get it from plants," said Wilson. Improper handling of food is often a cause of salmonella. However, the investigation is still ongoing in order to find the culprit in Dalhart. The Texas Department of Health isn't calling this a public health hazard just yet. "They try to determine any specific risk factors, for example, whether or not there was a travel history, or they try to check the food history, or if theres any animal contact. Sso those are the kinds of things they do check, just to determine if there's a common thread," said Christine Mann, press officer for the Texas Department of Health. Health officials say people can overcome salmonella with proper treatment. "It's something they can recover from if they stay hydrated, keep washing their hands, make sure they process their food correctly," said Wilson.

Event updates:

Situation Update No. 1 on 12.03.2015 at 04:21:25.

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