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BELLEVILLE, IL - The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a salmonella outbreak at the Belleville Chili-Cook-Off held Saturday, October 8, 2016. Officials say that ill people who attended the Chili-Cook-Off and have jobs handling food, providing care to children the elderly should should be tested and possibly restricted from work. Anyone who became ill or had diarrhea should contact a doctor and the St. Clair County Health Department at 618-233-6175 extension 4434.
The St. Clair County Health Department says that most cases of Salmonella are not treated with antibiotics. Fluids are recommended to prevent dehydration. Salmonella bacteria live in the intestines of humans and other animals. Salmonella can be spread from food contaminated at its source or person-to-person when handled by an ill person or carrier.
Salmonella symptoms may include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea and dehydration and usually appear 6 to 72 hours after ingestion, although longer periods have been reported in this outbreak.