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Buncombe Co. investigating 27 salmonella cases

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Health officials in Buncombe County said Friday they are investigating an outbreak of salmonella infections.

Officials said 27 cases of salmonella paratyphi B infection have been reported in the county. They said that although a source of the contamination has not been identified, all of the cases are associated with living or traveling to Buncombe County since Feb. 28.

Salmonella is a family of bacteria, but the strain at the center of this outbreak is found in the intestines of humans, officials said. They said it can be spread from person to person or by eating food or drinking water contaminated with feces of an infected person.

Interviews with those infected, laboratory reports and food inspections are being used to track down the source of the contamination, officials said.

New cases of infection can be reported via a hotline after 1 p.m. Friday at 828-250-5300.

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