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29 Jul 2015
Health officials search for cause of salmonella outbreak
Multnomah County health officials are investigating a salmonella outbreak that sickened dozens of people.
The cluster of illnesses are linked to the Open Source Bridge Conference held June 23 to 26 at Portlands Eliot Center. County officials said at least 53 people became ill after the conference.
The Health Department is trying to identify the source of the illness. The investigation includes looking at about 100 food dishes prepared through multiple catering sources and served during the four-day gathering to about 500 people.
Deputy Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines says there is no indication at this time that this outbreak spread beyond the conference participants. We believe this was an isolated event that did not occur beyond the conference.
Conference organizers are trying to identify ill people and what they ate at the meeting. The public health investigation includes collecting survey information from 223 conference participants.
Salmonella is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. People often become ill one to three days after infection.