In a follow-up on the salmonella outbreak in Iowa linked to chicken salad sold at Fareway stores, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) puts the confirmed and probable cases at 115, as of Feb. 20.

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The chicken salad, which is produced and packaged by a third party for Fareway, is implicated in multiple cases of salmonella illness across Iowa. Preliminary test results from the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) at the University of Iowa indicate the presence of salmonella in this product.

Fareway voluntarily stopped the sale of the product and pulled the chicken salad from its shelves after being contacted by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA). No chicken salad has been sold to the consuming public since February 9, 2018.

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IDPH says if you have Fareway chicken salad in your refrigerator, you should throw it away. Do not return it to the store.

Salmonella infection is a common bacterial disease that can cause illness and rarely, it can be severe. Usually, people who get salmonella infection develop symptoms within 12 to 36 hours after ingesting the bacteria, but symptoms can appear as early as six hours and as late as three days after ingestion.

Symptoms of salmonella infection generally last four to seven days and include: Diarrhea, headache, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, dehydration, vomiting, muscle pains and bloody stools.

Most people get better without treatment, but in some cases, the diarrhea associated with a salmonella infection can cause dehydration, which can sometimes result in hospitalization. It is important whenever you have diarrhea to make sure you drink plenty of fluids. If you are ill, you should contact your health care provider.