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New Salmonella Outbreak in Panhandle

Matt Richardson, City of Amarillo Health Department Matt Richardson, City of Amarillo Health Department
Dr. Todd Bell Dr. Todd Bell

An outbreak of an uncommon cluster of Salmonella bacteria is hitting the Panhandle. That's what the City of Amarillo Health Department and local doctors are reporting.

While the multi-state Salmonella outbreak is under investigation Potter and Randall counties have another strain of the bacteria to look into called Type C.

Director of Health Matt Richardson says, "The cluster has come about in about a week to 10 days so for four cases to be noted in such as short amount of time is unusual. Again, we are continuing to do research but have not been able to link the cases together.

Local doctor Todd Bell who has treated salmonella says there are symptoms that show up in all strains of the illness.

"They usually have diarrhea, adominal pain, cramping and then they have a fever with it and it looks alot like many other bugs that.

But antibiotics are not always needed to treat the bacteria. Dr. Bell says there are target groups more like to catch the disease including the elderly, infants, and those with a weak immune system.

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