(Hamburg) -- Hamburg school officials are warning parents about some recent salmonella cases in the district.
Four students at Marnie Simons Elementary School became ill because of salmonella in the past week. Hamburg School Superintendent Jay Lutt tells KMA News school officials alerted Fremont County Public Health after the first reported illness October 1st. Three more students were reported ill Monday.
Lutt says it's unknown whether the cases in his district are linked to the salmonella outbreak in 19 states connected to a retail food outlet in California. However, he says an investigation determined the illnesses are not linked to the district's food provider.
"Even before I knew about that outbreak," said Lutt, "I called the provider of our foods, which provides to all schools in southwest Iowa. In their 31 years of business, they have not had a case of salmonella. One thing we're pretty certain is that it didn't come from any of the food we bring in from their main supplier."
No other salmonella-related illnesses have been reported at Nishnabotna Middle School, or in the Farragut School District--Hamburg's wholegrade sharing partner. Lutt says information regarding the illnesses was sent home with students to parents Tuesday. The information includes the transmission and incubation period of salmonella, and the symptoms of salmonella-related illnesses. Also included was a two-page handout on salmonella to the CDC. The superintendent adds the Hamburg school nurse will provide handwashing tips to each class. Ironically, Lutt says Monday is Global Handwashing Day.
Anyone with questions should contact Jay Lutt at 712-382-1063 or Marnie Simons Elementary Principal Ken Wathan at 712-382-2017.