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Officials with the Newton County Health Department continue their investigation into a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened approximately 70 individuals.

Image/David Benbennick
Image/David Benbennick

The initial outbreak was reported on May 4th due to illness among attendees at a closed, invitation only event held in Newton County on April 28th.

During the process of investigating this event, the caterer that provided food for this event, Plain Nuts Catering & Deli, was investigated per protocol. All food and drink items along with other exposure possibilities were fully investigated. A survey was developed and sent out to event attendees to gather information on exposures and subsequent illness.

Plain Nuts Catering & Deli has been fully cooperative with all Health Department requests and has provided all requested information.

On May 15th, illnesses, including a confirmed case of Salmonella, among individuals attending a separate function held on May 9th in Social Circle, GA were also reported.

There is no indication of an ongoing threat of Salmonella infections related to this outbreak.

A definitive source of infection has not been identified at this time.

Salmonella is a bacteria that commonly causes foodborne illness. “CDC estimates Salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.”