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Cases of salmonella linked to UTC

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department is investigating cases of salmonella linked to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Officials began investigating complaints of illness from individuals who had eaten food on campus at the UTC.

Complainants reported symptoms of fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

The health department inspected the UTC campus food establishments and they scored 95 and 99.

Officials also interviewed and tested those who were suffering from symptoms. Twenty-five people with symptoms were identified with some symptoms starting as early as August 20th.

The lab confirmed cases of salmonella  and campylobacter. Officials believe the illness is linked to chicken but a source has not been identified.

There is no evidence of continuing illness.

Both salmonella and camplyobacter gastrointestinal infections can cause diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain and fever; campylobacter may cause bloody stools with nausea and vomiting. Illness may last five to seven days and most persons do not require treatment other than oral fluids, though some can become seriously ill.

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