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Potential Salmonella outbreak in Talladega County according to health department

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The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a potential salmonella outbreak  in Talladega County. (abc3340.com) The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating a potential salmonella outbreak in Talladega County. (abc3340.com)

ABC 33/40 reported on Thursday about the investigation into the cause of many students, faculty and volunteers becoming ill with stomach virus symptoms. 

Click here to read our story from Thursday

On Friday, the Alabama Department of Public Health released a statement regarding their investigation.

ADPH released statement on potential Salmonella outbreak in Talladega County:

"On Monday, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Epidemiology Division and field surveillance staff, began an investigation of a potential foodborne outbreak involving Fayetteville High School staff and students.  Thirty-five people have been reported ill and six people have been hospitalized.  Sixty people have been interviewed to determine the source of the outbreak.  

"One clinical (human) specimen has tested positive for Salmonella.  Several clinical and food specimens have been collected and lab test results are pending.

"Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) illness.  It can be spread from person-to-person, animal-to-person, and food-to-person.  In this outbreak, it is believed the organism spread from food-to-person.  Confirmation will be determined based upon pending lab test results.  Symptoms of Salmonella infection may include headache, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), stomach cramps, fever, and vomiting.  Symptoms usually begin 6-72 hours after exposure.  Most people get better within 5-7 days.  If you or your family members develop Salmonellasymptoms, please contact your healthcare provider.  

"To prevent or stop the spread, the following are recommended:

Cook chicken, beef and eggs thoroughly.  Only hard-boiled or scrambled eggs are considered thoroughly cooked.

Do not eat or drink anything containing raw eggs or unpasteurized milk.  

Wash hands with soap and warm running water for 20 seconds, clean work surfaces and other items with soap and water immediately after contact with raw meat or chicken.  

Wash hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, handling reptiles, birds, or baby chicks,  and after contact with pet feces.  


"The Epidemiology Division will continue to monitor the outbreak.  If you have questions, please call 1-800-338-8374."

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