Salmonella is a bacteria (germ) that causes illness with diarrhea, fever and/or stomach cramps. There are many kinds of Salmonella bacteria, causing approximately 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths each year in the United States. The source for the majority (~1 million) of these infections are thought to be food.
Salmonellosis is reportable in Orange County within one (1) working day of identification. To report a case, health care providers/facilities should call OCHCA Epidemiology at 714-834-8180 or fax records to 714-560-4050. An average of 406 (range 358-489) cases of salmonellosis were reported each year in Orange County between 2013 and 2017.
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