As a public health emergency in the United States intensifies, state officials are bracing for outbreaks.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U,S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will launch an effort to distribute cold patches to retailers.
But that may not be enough to protect the public and limit the spread of salmonellosis, which has claimed dozens of lives in the Northwest this year.
The outbreak has affected every corner of the Pacific northwest, from Washington state to Oregon.
The Washington State Department of Health reports that more than 5,400 people have contracted salmonello poisoning.
In a message to Oregonian reporters, state health officials warned that the spread could be as big as a third of the state’s population.
“We are taking seriously the possibility of a salinity-related outbreak, and we are working with the FDA and USDA to help protect our citizens and protect the environment,” the department said.
Salmonella is a highly contagious disease that causes mild to severe illness.
It is typically spread through the consumption of raw or undercooked food.
It can cause a mild illness or severe illness, depending on the person’s age, gender, and other factors.
It is spread through contaminated food and water, particularly through eating at a restaurant, eating at bars, or drinking water with raw ingredients.
Salmonella can also be transmitted through the skin or eyes of an infected person.
Health officials say the outbreak has already killed a few people, but that there is no evidence of the spread beyond that.
“It’s not clear yet what the number of people that have died from salmonelli is,” said Dr. Jennifer Tumulty, the state epidemiologist.
“We are continuing to do our best to make sure we are getting everyone in the state treated and we have the resources to do that.
It’s a slow-moving, but we are continuing, and there is a lot of hope.”
In a post on the department’s website, Tumfrey said the state has had nearly 1,200 cases of salinity linked to the outbreak and has been treating a total of more than 1,500 patients.
“While there is not an exact number on the number who have died, we do know there has been a significant number of deaths and we will be treating these individuals for this and treating those who have recovered,” she wrote.
“The vast majority of cases have been identified as being due to undercooked foods.”
Tumulty said there is some hope the outbreak could be contained.
“The salinity levels that have been reported in the area are not expected to be the final level of the outbreak, but at this time, we are doing everything we can to reduce the spread,” she said.
“So far, we have had only three deaths from this outbreak, which is the lowest number we have seen since we started working with this agency in early September.”
State officials are working to provide supplies for those who may need them, but they will not have the capacity to keep up with demand.
A state spokeswoman told the Oregonian/OregonLive that the department has more than 400 employees and is doing everything it can to support the affected residents.
“As we have been working with state and local officials to coordinate distribution and distribution of cold patches, the department is working with USDA and FDA to coordinate their efforts to ensure that all individuals can access the products and continue to receive them as quickly as possible,” Tumfoot said.
Department for the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is also on hand to distribute supplies and distribute cold patch samples.
The DENR is a federally funded agency that manages many state programs that help communities prevent salmoneillosis.
“There are a number of steps that we are taking to ensure the distribution of these cold patches,” DENR spokesman Brian D. Phelan said.
In addition to cold patches and other products, DENR and other agencies are working on a cold-sensing device to help local health departments detect the spread.
“This is going to be a critical element in ensuring that our communities are prepared to contain this outbreak,” Phelann said.