The Southeastern District Health Department is reporting four confirmed cases of salmonella in the Pocatello area. Salmonella is a bacterial infection generally associated with contaminated foods.

Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 6 to 72 hours after infection. Symptoms that can last anywhere from 4 to 7 days. In some cases, it can be severe enough to require hospitalization of elderly or infants or those with weakened immune systems.

As a precaution, the health department is urging everyone to take special care when handling foods. They recommend always refrigerating foods and cooking foods thoroughly. Avoid raw foods, especially those containing eggs. Additionally, wash all cutting boards, counters, and utensils used in food preparation.