Hospital reports outbreak of salmonella, source unclear

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Published: December 7,2011

Tags: healthcare, hospitals, medicine, public health, salmonella

CORINTH — Officials at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth say the hospital has received 11 positive salmonella cultures since Nov. 28.

Hospital CEO Nick Napper tells the Daily Corinthian some of the cases have been admitted to the hospital.

Napper says the patients who tested positive for salmonella are in stable condition or have been treated and released. He says the Mississippi State Health Department has been notified.

Napper says a definitive source is yet to be determined.

Salmonella is bacteria resulting in fever, cramps and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization.

State health officials have interviewed the patients to find out what foods they’d eaten. They also are taking food samples from local restaurants. No restaurants have been closed by the state.

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