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Salmonella Outbreak In Shiawassee County

Shiawassee County health officials say they're investigating up to 13 reports of illness that may be linked to food at a local restaurant.

As our Nick Perreault explains, it's an issue they are taking very seriously and want people to know the symptoms early to avoid conditions from getting any worse.

It doesn't happen often, so rare its the first time shiawassee county has seen this in 13 years.

"On August 6th, we had nine reports of illness so that's kind of when it peaked," said Courtney Herrick Director of Personal Community Health for Shiawasseee County.

They've added 4 more cases since, totaling 10 confirmed cases of Salmonella in the county.

"One of the commonalities we found has been a local restaurant, which we have been working with them since August 2nd," said Herrick.

County health officials can't identify a specific type of food and aren't releasing the restaurants' name, but the county's emergency food team has been called in to investigate.

"Since we got that call, we've been back to the facility four or five times," said Larry Johnson Director of Environmental Health for Shiawassee County.

Larry Johnson is part of the team that inspected the restaurant and says once a food borne illness outbreak is found it's a very lengthy process.

"We focused on a common food source that the people had gotten sick had eaten, we also did a full inspection of the facility, the kitchen, the restaurant, the food handling practices."

The Shiawassee County Health Department says samples were taken to a state lab, all the tests came back negative.They did find violations in the food preparation, those violations have since been fixed and the restaurant is back to business as usual.

The health department says it's unclear if those preparation issues were related to the outbreak, but the investigation continues.

The Shiawassee County Health Department says common symptoms of salmonella include: diarrhea, abdominal pain, and a fever.

They say these symptoms will usually continue between four and seven days.

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