May 15, 2008
A Texas Department of State Health Services investigation has determined that homemade ice cream served at a Relay for Life fund raising event in Center on May 2 caused more than 70 people to become ill with salmonellosis.
Symptoms of salmonellosis can include nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
The illness is caused by salmonella, a bacterium.
Salmonellosis usually lasts only a few days. Most people who have it recover without medical attention.
Salmonella often is associated with raw or undercooked poultry or eggs.
Center is in Shelby County in East Texas.
(News Media: For more information contact Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)