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Michigan has many persistent public health problems today. For example, our state ranks fifth in the nation in obesity, ties for fifth highest rates of diabetes, and is ninth in the nation for deaths caused by cardiovascular disease.

The EDWM Health Ministry strives to bring a sense of hope to people who are at risk of becoming unwell in body, mind and spirit. This section summarizes our Health Ministry program.

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Avoiding Salmonella Infection is September’s Health Topic

Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of people and animals. Salmonella infections are more common in the summer. Most people get infected by eating undercooked contaminated food. Touching pets, especially birds and reptiles such as turtles, and putting fingers in one’s mouth also spreads salmonella. An estimated 1.2 million U.S. foodborne illnesses and 450 deaths are attributed to Salmonella annually.

Some people get no symptoms with Salmonella. Others develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 8-72 hours after infection. Persons at higher risk are infants, the elderly, those with serious medical conditions or weakened immune systems, and those who travel outside the U.S to areas with poor sanitation. Persons with inflammatory bowel disease and those taking medications to reduce stomach acid or recent antibiotics also are at greater risk.

At times the diarrhea can cause severe dehydration that requires prompt care from your doctor or healthcare provider.

Notify your provider if you have the following:

Blue Arrow Leftdiarrhea and can’t drink fluids due to nausea or vomiting; diarrhea after recent travel to a foreign country; diarrhea over 2 days in infant, child, elderly (3 days for most adults)
Blue Arrow Lefta child vomiting for more than 12 hours (call right away for newborn with any vomiting or diarrhea)
Blue Arrow Leftextreme pain or severe cramping
Blue Arrow Leftfever above 100.4 degrees F for child (over 101 degrees F for adult) 
Blue Arrow Leftblood or pus in your stools, or blood in vomit
Blue Arrow Leftthirst, dizziness, light-headedness, or little or no urination (indicate dehydration)

Tips to avoid the spread of Salmonella:

  • Blue Arrow LeftWash hands, kitchen work surfaces, and utensils with soap and water immediately after they have been in contact with raw meat.
  • Blue Arrow LeftPoultry, meat and eggs should be cooked all the way through. (Watch out for raw eggs that may be in homemade salad dressings and frostings.)
  • Blue Arrow LeftDo not drink unpasteurized milk. (Mother’s milk is the safest for young infants.)
  • Blue Arrow LeftWash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  • Blue Arrow LeftAvoid contact between reptiles (turtles, iguanas, other lizards, snakes) and infants or immunocompromised persons.
  • Blue Arrow LeftDon’t work with raw poultry or meat and an infant at the same time.
  • Blue Arrow LeftWash hands with soap and water after handling reptiles, birds, or pet feces.

Emergency personnel may have access to medications that reverse opioid effects.

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  • Do you have a question about a health topic? Contact Health Ministry volunteer Eva Jerome by clicking here now.

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