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Salmonella outbreak traced to Corinth Mexican restaurant

Published: Dec. 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2011 at 11:43 PM CST
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(WMC-TV) - More than 59 Mid-Southerners tested positive for Salmonella after eating or working at a Mississippi restaurant.

The Mississippi State Department of Health traced the bacteria to Don Julio's Mexican restaurant in Corinth, Mississippi.

The Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth has been working swiftly to treat everyone who has been affected by this Salmonella outbreak.  The health department said Don Julio restaurant has also been working to correct the problem.

Dr. Blakely Fowler works in pediatrics at Magnolia Regional Hospital.  She said she has treated 10 children for Salmonella poisoning since the outbreak less than a week ago.

"Salmonella is a reportable disease, so all cases have been reported to the health department to try and track what the source is," said Fowler.

The health department said more than 59 patrons and employees at Don Julio's Mexican restaurant tested positive for the bacteria.

A recent news release said, "Our investigation has shown that the incident does not appear to be a food producer or supplier issue.  It appears to be an isolated problem with this particular restaurant."

Since the outbreak, Don Julio's has posted a message to their customers stating that the health department performed several inspections and found no contamination, but they have voluntarily closed for the safety of their customers.

"I think that would be for everybody's best interest for them to go ahead and shut down, just so no further contamination will spread," said Don Julio's patron TJ Wilson.

Corinth residents and Don Julio's customers said their eating experiences have been pleasant, but with the recent outbreak, they plan to dine at home for a while.

The Mississippi State Department of Health also reported that Salmonella is no longer an ongoing risk to the public in Corinth.  They said Don Julio's will remain closed until an improvement plan is approved.

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