Dozens hospitalized after food borne outbreak in Sumter County

Dozens hospitalized after food borne outbreak in Sumter County

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Twenty-five people are still hospitalized at Hill Hospital in York. Source: Kelvin Reynolds Twenty-five people are still hospitalized at Hill Hospital in York. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
ADPH believes a meal served at funeral, held at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church, is to blame for the outbreak. Source: Kelvin Reynolds ADPH believes a meal served at funeral, held at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church, is to blame for the outbreak. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
SUMTER COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) confirms that more than 30 people fell ill after eating a meal served at a recent funeral in Sumter County.

APDH investigators say more than 100 people attended the July 6 funeral at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church in York. The investigation currently spans nine states.

They say that at least 30 people have been hospitalized, with some in serious condition. FOX6 News has learned that 60 people came to Hill Hospital in York for treatment and 25 people remain there Thursday.

Hospital staff say they treated patients as young at one year old up to 65 years old. They had so many patients they had to set up triage throughout their facility.

"People just started coming in with same type of complaints. Nauseau, vomitting, diarhea, elevated temperature, generally feeling bad all over," Hill Hospital ER Supervisor Gus Weiss said. "And they just started coming in one after another in groups. Families, whole families started coming in, just a lot of people all at once."

Preliminary tests in Alabama suggest salmonella is to blame and additional tests are pending. Officials are also trying to determine what specific food caused so many to become ill.

Dr. Mary McIntyre, Assistant State Health Officer for Disease Control and Prevention, urges anyone who attended the funeral and is feeling ill to see their doctor immediately.

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