Health Officials: Salmonella identified in Corinth, no ongoing risk to the public

By The Associated Press

CORINTH — The Mississippi State Department of Health says 59 customers and employees of Don Julio Mexican Restaurant in Corinth have tested positive for salmonella.

The bacteria can cause fever, cramps and diarrhea, with conditions often lasting several days and requiring hospitalization.

The department says Tuesday that the restaurant remains closed until an improvement plan is approved by health officials.

The first cases of salmonella in Corinth were reported in late November.

Dr. Jessie R. Taylor, a district health officer, says the source of the salmonella does not appear to be a food producer or supplier. Taylor says it appears to be an isolated problem with the restaurant.

Officials say there should be no further risk to the public.