Salmonella confirmed as culprit in foodborne illness outbreak after funeral in Sumter County, 67 sick

Stephen Dethrage

YORK, Alabama — The Alabama Department of Public Health is continuing to investigate what sickened at least two-thirds of the 100 people who ate a meal after a funeral in York, Alabama on July 6, but confirmed Friday that five of them have been diagnosed with Salmonella, which is commonly found in raw and undercooked meats and eggs.

Investigators said the illness was caused by cross contamination during meal preparation, and hospitalizations of the infected continue. Some of the poisoned guests are in serious condition.

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