News reports on Wednesday stated that there were now 45 cases in Cleveland County, 52 in Rutherford County and five in other North Carolina counties. Another Salmonella case was previously reported in South Carolina.
Pastor Garin Hill of the Sandy Plains Baptist Church was quoted as saying that as many as 5,000 people come to the annual event for barbecued pork and chicken, and that such an outbreak has never happened before.
Salmonella infection is usually caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, poultry, eggs or egg products. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps and usually last between four to seven days.
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