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Salmonella outbreak strikes NC mountain county

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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Health officials in Buncombe County are trying to figure out the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than two dozen people.

County health director Gibbie Harris said almost all the cases are in residents or people who visited the Asheville area since the end of February. She says officials hope to identify the food source for the outbreak by next week.

Harris says 29 cases have been identified and she expects more to be reported before the peak of the outbreak is reached.

Symptoms may include high fever and fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea and stomach pain. This salmonella strain usually is not fatal, but can be more dangerous in infants and the elderly.

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