Two area towns trying to track down source of salmonella

Published: Feb. 20, 2015 at 3:13 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 at 9:47 AM CST
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Since we last told you about salmonella in Dalhart the number of confirmed cases has jumped to 42. Now Bushland is also joining the list looking to find the common source spreading the infection.

In Dalhart, the Coon Memorial Hospital has seen all 42 confirmed cases of salmonella, 30 of which are coming from a common source, the Ten in Texas restaurant. However investigators are still looking into the exact origin of the bacteria.

As a result, the restaurant voluntarily shut down for one week. The building was cleaned and sanitized, and workers were re-tested for salmonella and on food safety. State test results show the Ten in Texas restaurant was clean.

While the owners would not talk with us on camera or let us into the kitchen, we were there as the dinner time crowd started to trickle in. Nearly everyone we spoke said the potential salmonella outbreak did not change their appetite.

"We ate salads, we ate everything else. I've been here before. We didn't get it," one customer told us. Another said he was glad it was back open.

But now there are new concerns, this time not in Dalhart, but nearly 60 miles south in Potter and Randall counties where 10 cases of salmonella have been confirmed in the last six weeks. Four were found in students who live in Bushland, the other 6 were reported throughout Amarillo.

According to Texas Tech Physician Dr. Smalligan, some cases share one thing in common.

"It looks like two or three of our cases out of the 10 that I mentioned are going to have a link up to the Dalhart situation," he told us.

While investigators work to figure out what the exact link is, the Ten in Texas Restaurant is now back open knowing they passed the state's standards for health and safety.

Dr. Smalligan believes the salmonella in Bushland did not come from the school district even though the four reported cases are from students.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10