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Three more hospitalized in Alabama with mystery illness

Three more people from southeast Alabama have fallen ill from a mystery disease since state health officials alerted the media Wednesday that an investigation into the cause of the illness was underway. To date, 10 people have been hospitalized, two of whom have died, since April 19. All patients had the same flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, shortness of breath and “’something’ on their chest x-rays,” said Dr. Mary McIntyre, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Public Health. It is not known where in Alabama the three latest patients are from, but the original seven are from Barbour, Coffee, Dale, ... Read More

Massive salmonella outbreak linked to 47 Illinois Subway restaurants

Public health officials investigating the outbreak of an uncommon strain of salmonella that swept through Illinois from May to June announced they have linked the bacteria to 47 Subway franchise stores in the state. Illinois Department of Health officials say they have confirmed 97 cases of Salmonella Hvittingfoss infection across 28 Illinois counties. Health officials say the salmonella outbreak began on May 11, with the last reported case occurring on June 5. The ages of people with confirmed cases of the unusual bacteria ranged to 2 to 79. No deaths have been confirmed. Salmonella is usually a debilitating sickness that ... Read More