The CDC has issued a statement describing the current state of a national Salmonella outbreak, the source of which has not yet been identified (CDC site). Of the 400 affected people reported to date, almost 20% have been hospitalized, reminding us to send bacterial stool cultures in newly admitted patients with diarrhea, especially if the stools are bloody, or if the patient is febrile.
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.