Potential Salmonella outbreak in Talladega County according to health department

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

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

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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."