Jamaica: Health department probes reports of salmonella outbreak at hotel

The Hanover Health Department has confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into reports of a salmonella outbreak last month at the Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa in Lucea, Hanover.

A New York Post report this week claimed that an apparent salmonella outbreak at the resort had ruined vacations for dozens of holiday travellers, some of whom are considering legal action.

Hanover’s chief public health inspector, Patricia Hall Patterson, told The Gleaner that an investigation into an outbreak that started in early December is ongoing, adding that the bacterial infection was under control.

Salmonella, a food-related illness, is caused by the bacteria called salmonellosis and can trigger an upset stomach, diarrhea, fever, and pain and cramping in the belly.

“It is under control because the main kitchen was closed. The team was there. They came to a conclusion and recommendations were made. Since then, we have not had any cases, not to my knowledge. We did our part and we’re still doing some investigations,” Hall Patterson said.


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