The Montgomery County Health Department is investigating five confirmed cases of salmonella.
"Right now we don’t have anything pointing to one particular place," county sanitarian Ron Posthauer said. "These could very well be home outbreaks."
Lang provided the following practices for reducing chances of contracting salmonella:
- Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs, poultry or meat. Poultry and meat, including hamburgers, should be well-cooked with no pink in the middle.
- Do not consume raw or unpasteurized milk or other dairy products.
- Wash produce thoroughly before eating. Simply running it under running water is not enough.
- Uncooked meat and poultry should be kept separate from produce, cooked foods and ready to eat foods.
- Wash hands between handling any food and food items.
- Wash hands after contact with animals and their feces.
- Wash hand after handling reptiles their aquariums, bowls, etc.
- Turtles are not appropriate for small children and should never be in the same house as an infant.
- Thoroughly clean hands, cutting boards and knives to avoid cross contamination.