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Restaurant linked to salmonella outbreak

Published 5:24pm Friday, June 13, 2014

The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed they are investigating a possible salmonella outbreak originating from a Russellville restaurant.

According to officials, El Patron Tex-Mex Restaurant, located on U.S. 43 in Russellville, has been identified as the common source for at least three people who have positive salmonella cultures.

Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers stated that nine additional cases are being investigated.

According to officials, the ADPH was made aware of the situation on Wednesday and alerted the public to a possible foodborne outbreak on Tursday.

The restaurant has been closed during the investigation.

On Friday, a sign posted outside El Patron stated, “Due to pluming [sic] problems in the kitchen we will be closed till futher [sic] notice. Sorry for the inconvience [sic].”

Symptoms of salmonella include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Symptoms usually occur within sic to 72 hours after exposure.

More information about this situation will be passed along as it becomes available from officials.

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