By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Seven more cases of salmonella have been identified in Corinth.
As of Friday, Magnolia Regional Medical Center reported it had confirmed a total of 29 cases since Nov. 28.
An investigation by the Mississippi Department of Health is still under way in the salmonella poisoning cases. The department typically begins an investigation after being alerted by local hospitals to an unusual number of salmonella cases.
Health officials are scrutinizing restaurants where confirmed salmonella patients have eaten, but as of Friday, the health department had not issued any orders requiring closings. One of those restaurants – Don Julio’s – closed voluntarily because of concerns for possible contamination of vegetables from a supplier and customer safety.
Salmonella, a food-borne bacterial infection, can be found in contaminated beef, poultry, milk and eggs. Vegetables that come into contact with the bacteria also can become contaminated and sicken people who eat them.
Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. People usually become sick within 12 to 72 hours after being infected with the salmonella bacteria. The sickness usually lasts four days to a week. Most people recover without treatment.
To prevent salmonella poisoning, people should avoid raw or lightly cooked eggs, undercooked ground beef and poultry and unpasteurized milk. To prevent cross-contamination, it is important to separate uncooked foods from ready-to-eat foods.