Boise investigates Salmonella illnesses

by Erica Shaffer
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BOISE, Idaho – The Central District Health Department (CDHD) in Boise is investigating 30 reported cases of Salmonella infections.

The health agency said there is a possible link to the Boise Co-Op, a member-owned food cooperative and marketplace. However, other cases not associated with the co-op have also been reported.

“CDHD is working closely with the Boise Co-op to identify how Salmonella may have entered a food source,” the agency said in a statement. “Multiple food samples have been sent to the state public health laboratory for testing and results are pending.”

The department added that lab tests have not confirmed whether the affected individuals contracted the same strain of Salmonella, however more information regarding the food samples and strains are expected by the end of the week. Foods commonly associated with Salmonella contamination include raw meat, poultry and seafood, raw eggs and fresh produce.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and/or vomiting. CDHD is asking anyone who is ill with these symptoms and believe it could be related to something they ate to fill out a foodborne illness report on the agency's website, cdhd.idaho.gov.
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