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National Salmonella Outbreak Affects 1 Cook, 2 Will County Residents

An outbreak of bareilly, a rare case of salmonella, has been reported in 19 states. Eight of the sick are Illinois residents.

Federal health officials have reported that eight of the 93 people sickened by a recent salmonella outbreak live in Illinois—one of whom is in Cook County.

The source of the cases had not yet been confirmed as of Friday, but the Chicago Tribune reported that the illnesses began between Jan. 28 and March 23. Five of the Illinois cases were listed as being in the City of Chicago, two were in Will County and one was in suburban Cook County, according to the report.

Tribune reporter Ryan Haggerty interviewed Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold regarding the outbreak. She told him that those Illinois residents affected began feeling ill between Feb. 11 and March 12, the story says.

"A total of 93 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly have been reported from 19 states and the District of Columbia," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. " … Ten ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported."

The CDC updated Thursday a previously released statement saying that although a food source had not yet been confirmed, those infected all reported eating common meals—primarily sashimi or sushi—the week they started noticing symptoms.

Signs of salmonella include fever, abdominal cramps and diarrhea, according to the CDC. Symptoms can last up to seven days.

For more on the story, check out the Chicago Tribune or look for CDC updates.

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