Hamburg and Farragut schools are taking precautions against salmonella and waiting for information from state health authorities regarding four students reportedly treated for the bacterial disease.
Jay Lutt, superintendent of Hamburg and Farragut schools, said he sent a letter to parents to warn them about a possible salmonella outbreak after learning that four students attending the Marnie Simons Elementary School were being treated for the bacterial infection.
Lutt said the school reported its information regarding the sickness to Fremont County Public Health and has been happy to cooperate with their investigation, but the agency has not issued a public health alert and has not updated the school on the status of the salmonella reports.
The school learned that one student had been diagnosed with salmonella on Oct. 1 and three others on Oct. 7. The students were each from different grades in the pre-K through sixth grade school of 131 students.
Several Hamburg residents expressed uncertaintly about the health threat to their children in a KETV news broadcast and Lutt said Thursday he is also "very concerned" about the issue.
Lutt shared a lunch of popcorn chicken with the students on Thursday and said the school continues its safe-food practices.
He said he was assured by the school's food provider that there are no indications of salmonella contamination there and there has not been any instances of contamination in over 30 years of business.
Most foods sent to the schools are pre-cooked, but the school continues to monitor the sickness in all of its buildings.
He said information regarding the salmonella might be helfpul, but by Thursday afternoon the school did not know if there are people outside of the school district being treated.
He said after salmonella was reported for three students on Monday, he decided to alert parents.