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Health officials ID cluster of salmonella cases in Bloomington Normal

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:48:58 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The State and McLean County Health Departments say there is a cluster of salmonella cases with a connection to a McDonald's restaurant in Bloomington. Kera Simon of the McLean County Health Department says the state flagged the strain of Salmonella Stanley as something to investigate because it is rare and has strong symptoms....

"This specific strain does include fever vomiting, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, but occasionally produces bloody diarrhea which is what we have been seeing and tracking."

Simon says the owners of the McDonalds on South Main voluntarily closed the establishment last week out of an abundance of caution, though investigators did not find the possible link before the holiday weekend.

"The suspected link does not seem to be food, but it's rather human transmission, which is why all the employees are being tested. And once they are tested as not having the salmonella, they can go back into rotation."

Public officials are not yet saying how many cases are confirmed pending further lab tests. Simon says people started showing symptoms from mid October to November 11th. She also says some possible cases do not have a clear relationship to the McDonalds' and urges people to wash their hands after going to the restroom.

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