DSHS Identifies Source of Center Illnesses - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

5/15/08 - Center

DSHS Identifies Source of Center Illnesses

A Texas Department of State Health Services investigation has determined that homemade ice cream served at a Relay For Life fund raising event in center on May 2 caused more than 70 people to become ill with salmonellosis.          Symptoms of salmonellosis can include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.          The illness is caused by salmonella, a bacterium.          Salmonellosis usually lasts only a few days.   Most people who have it recover without medical attention.          Salmonella often is associated with raw or undercooked poultry or eggs.

Agrilife extension agent Karen Tucker said,  " The thing about eggs is that if you don't pasteurize the eggs to the right temperature when you're using them in products then it can transfer the salmonella, the bacteria salmonella, over to the consumer. "

Volunteers with Center Christian Fellowship made their popular homemade ice cream. Messages left with the church pastor have not been returned.

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