Melbourne Cup salmonella poisoning taking toll in Ipswich

A WOMAN was admitted to Ipswich Hospital for a case of salmonella poisoning after a Melbourne Cup function.

More than 200 people had been hit by the illness across 40 different functions.

Eight people have been hospitalised during the outbreak.

A 77-year-old woman also died during from the widespread out break of salmonella poisoning.

A Queensland Health spokesperson said symptoms usually develop between six and 72 hours after exposure to salmonella bacteria but sometimes up to two weeks, and last between four and seven days.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

Children and the elderly are most at risk.

Salmonella can spread to humans via contaminated food, such as meat, poultry, eggs and their by-products.

Most people recover with rest and fluids. It may cause severe illness in young children, older people and in the immuno-suppressed.

For further information, please contact your local doctor, community health centre, nearest public health unit or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).



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