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COLUMBUS The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has launched a toll-free information line to answer questions regarding the outbreak of gastrointestinal illness involving residents and visitors to South Bass Island.
The information line (866) 905-INFO (4636) will be staffed until 7 p.m. Monday. People who are sick after visiting South Bass Island should call the Ottawa County Health Department at (419) 734-6800.
We want to help Ohioans make the most informed decisions possible regarding their health, said ODH Director J. Nick Baird, MD.
On Friday, a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ODH arrived in Ottawa County to investigate the outbreak, which has sickened 378 people; interviews are pending with another 150. The majority of patients report nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and cramps; a smaller number report fever, chills and
This investigation seeks to identify the cause or causes of illness and establish recommendations for prevention and control, Baird said. It is truly a local, state and federal collaboration.
Laboratory results confirm 10 cases of Campylobacter, one case of Salmonella and three cases of Norovirus.
Source: Ohio Department of Health