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OUTBREAK POSSIBLE - Purdue University Food Handler Tests Positive for Typhoid Fever

 
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OUTBREAK POSSIBLE - Purdue University Food Handler Tests Positive for Typhoid Fever
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A food handler at Purdue University tested positive for the life-threatening illness typhoid fever and state health officials on Tuesday urged caution for those who might have dined or picked up a drink at the campus facility where the person worked.

Anyone who ate at the Boiler Bistro, John Purdue Room or Lavazza coffee shop at Marriott Hall from Jan. 23-25 may be at risk, according to the State Department of Health.


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Some info about Typhoid Fever (from wiki):

Typhoid fever, also known simply as typhoid, is a common worldwide bacterial disease, transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the feces of an infected person, which contain the bacterium Salmonella typhi, serotype Typhi.

The disease has received various names, such as gastric fever, abdominal typhus, infantile remittant fever, slow fever, nervous fever or pythogenic fever. The name "typhoid" means "resembling typhus" and comes from the neuropsychiatric symptoms common to typhoid and typhus. Despite this similarity of their names, typhoid fever and typhus are distinct diseases and are caused by different species of bacteria.


Signs and Symptoms (from wiki):

Classically, the course of untreated typhoid fever is divided into four individual stages, each lasting approximately one week. In the first week, the temperature rises slowly and fever fluctuations are seen with relative bradycardia, malaise, headache, and cough. A bloody nose (epistaxis) is seen in a quarter of cases and abdominal pain is also possible. There is a decrease in the number of circulating white blood cells (leukopenia) with eosinopenia and relative lymphocytosis, a positive reaction and blood cultures are positive for Salmonella typhi or paratyphi. The Widal test is negative in the first week.

In the second week of the infection, the patient lies prostrate with high fever in plateau around 40 °C (104 °F) and bradycardia (sphygmothermic dissociation or Faget sign), classically with a dicrotic pulse wave. Delirium is frequent, frequently calm, but sometimes agitated. This delirium gives to typhoid the nickname of "nervous fever". Rose spots appear on the lower chest and abdomen in around a third of patients. There are rhonchi in lung bases.

The abdomen is distended and painful in the right lower quadrant where borborygmi can be heard. Diarrhea can occur in this stage: six to eight stools in a day, green with a characteristic smell, comparable to pea soup. However, constipation is also frequent. The spleen and liver are enlarged (hepatosplenomegaly) and tender, and there is elevation of liver transaminases. The Widal test is strongly positive with antiO and antiH antibodies. Blood cultures are sometimes still positive at this stage. (The major symptom of this fever is that the fever usually rises in the afternoon up to the first and second week.)

In the third week of typhoid fever, a number of complications can occur:
Intestinal hemorrhage due to bleeding in congested Peyer's patches; this can be very serious but is usually not fatal.
Intestinal perforation in the distal ileum: this is a very serious complication and is frequently fatal. It may occur without alarming symptoms until septicaemia or diffuse peritonitis sets in.
Encephalitis
Neuropsychiatric symptoms (described as "muttering delirium" or "coma vigil"), with picking at bedclothes or imaginary objects.
Metastatic abscesses, cholecystitis, endocarditis and osteitis

The fever is still very high and oscillates very little over 24 hours. Dehydration ensues and the patient is delirious (typhoid state). By the end of third week the fever starts subsiding (defervescence). This carries on into the fourth and final week.


Last Edited by simultaneous_final on 02/06/2013 09:29 AM
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Re: OUTBREAK POSSIBLE - Purdue University Food Handler Tests Positive for Typhoid Fever
If this employee failed to wash his hands well before leaving the shitter, then customers would definitely be at risk. Fellow employees too.

I just hope the guy slathered up good & proper before returning to work.
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I have lots of friends with children who go there. Scary!
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I have lots of friends with children who go there. Scary!
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You know how the media likes to hype every little thing. It’s pretty unlikely that anyone was infected.
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