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At Least 27 Sick in AL Salmonella Outbreak, Beans Possible Cause

At least 27 people are sick with Salmonella after attending the annual “Bean Day fundraiser” at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Athens, AL, reports WAFF-TV.

The event was held Oct. 4 by the Limestone County Foundation on Aging, and 13 people were later admitted to the Athens-Limestone Hospital after 50 people associated with the outbreak came to the emergency room.

An Athens-Limestone Hospital spokesperson told WAFF that the number of people sick is actually higher than what is being reported because many did not seek medical attention.

Alabama Department of Public Health officials told Food Safety News that beans served at the event tested positive for Salmonella, but that they are unable to confirm a link between the victims and the food because specific strains have not yet been identified in either.

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