(Asheville Citizen-Times) The Buncombe County Department of Health is currently investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Paratyphi B infection in Buncombe County.As of this morning, 27 possible cases have been identified and the source of contamination has not yet been confirmed. All cases appear to have been associated with residence or travel to Buncombe County since Feb. 28. Any reports of possible additional cases are immediately placed under investigation to verify whether the case may be linked to this outbreak. Communicable Disease Nurses and Environmental Health Specialists are conducting interviews with people who currently have or have had the infection, reviewing laboratory reports and inspecting food sources that may be linked to the outbreak. The county has established a hotline for accurate information about the outbreak, including what do if symptoms are suspected and other resources. Call 250-5300 or visit www.buncombecounty.org for more.
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