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14 Confirmed Salmonella Cases Linked to Alabama Restaurant

Fourteen confirmed Salmonella cases have been confirmed by the Alabama Department of Public Health as part of their investigation into a foodborne disease outbreak at a Russellville, AL, restaurant. Two people were hospitalized after testing positive but have since been released.

A department statement noted that, as of Friday, the El Patron restaurant remained closed. Inspectors reportedly visited the restaurant on June 11 and 12 and issued an emergency order to cease operations based on a “potentially imminent health hazard.”

Several people who had reported gastrointestinal illnesses after eating at the restaurant on June 4 and 5 were interviewed by health department officials.

Salmonella symptoms usually happen within six to 72 hours after infection, and most people recover without treatment. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever.

Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers recommended that people reduce their risk of Salmonella by avoiding raw or undercooked eggs, poultry or other meats, thoroughly washing produce, and following safe food handling practices during food preparation.

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