Kentucky press reports, that there have been seven culture confirmed cases of Salmonella in Hopkins County including a death from the illness. Four people have been hospitalized including the person that died, said Hopkins County Health Department Director Denise Beach.
“There are always cases of salmonella in the county,” said Beach. “Those cases are reported to the health department and we’re looking for anything is outside the norm.”
Beach said the outbreak is under investigation and names of the victims are privacy protected.
“We have our epidemiology nurse working on it, who has been since we first got reports,” said Beach. “Having seven cases in a week is definitely outside the norm.”
Beach said the cultures are also being typed for the subclasses of Salmonella.
According to North Carolina new reports, 71 people have now reported illnesses linked to the Sandy Plains Baptist Church barbecue fundraiser on Sept. 7.
As of Friday, 71 people had reported getting sick after visiting the barbecue. Among those, 37 people are Rutherford County residents and 34 are Cleveland County residents.
Thirteen people have been hospitalized, with nine of those in Cleveland County, according to a news release from the health department.
Health officials say the most recent date someone has reported first getting sick was Sept. 14.