There is currently an outbreak of Salmonellosis occurring in the U.S. that has sickened 218 people across 17 states, including 1 confirmed case in Connecticut. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food borne illness. Individuals usually become ill 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food and symptoms consist of diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever and vomiting lasting between 4-7 days.
FVHD would like to take the time to remind you about safe food handling. You can help prevent Salmonella contamination by:
1. Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry.
2. Wash utensils, cutting boards, dishes and countertops with hot soapy water after food preparation with raw foods.
3. Sanitize utensils, cutting boards, dishes and countertops with a freshly made solution consisting of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water to prevent cross contamination.
4. Cook poultry to 165°F using a food thermometer.
PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FROM THE FLU
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.
Who should get vaccinated this season?
Everyone 6 months of age or older should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for the following people to get vaccinated:
• People who have certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
• Pregnant women.
• People 65 years and older.
• People who live with or care for others who are high risk of developing serious complications.
This includes household contacts and caregivers of people with certain medical conditions including asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year and NOW is the time to get your vaccination. Influenza vaccinations are EASY to obtain and may be provided by your physician’s office, the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association or local pharmacies. Make an appointment TODAY!
The flu can be spread easily.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue
• Cough or sneeze into an elbow
• Stay home when sick
• Wash hands often
Usually, people with the flu have symptoms including a sudden fever, aching muscles, sore throat, and dry cough. Additional symptoms may include runny nose, headache, a burning sensation in the chest, and eye pain and sensitivity to light. Typical influenza disease does not occur in every infected person. Someone who has been previously exposed to similar virus strains (through natural infection or immunization) is less likely to become seriously ill.