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Salmonella outbreak linked to jambalaya as cases rise to 125

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Columbia, LA -

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health are providing the most recent case counts of individuals who have been identified with a gastrointestinal illness related to the Salmonella outbreak in a small town in Caldwell Parish. 

Residents in the town of Columbia say that they believe a pot of jambalaya is to blame. Health officials believe that at least 300 people were served the suspect jambalaya and are anticipating there will be more reports of illness in the next several days. As per a 2016 census report, the town of Columbia has a population estimate of 384. 

As of Oct. 20, 2017: 

  • 125 people have been identified with gastrointestinal illness.
  • 37 people have been hospitalized.
  • One death has been reported. Health officials are conferring with the pathologist conducting the autopsy and CDC to determine whether or not the death can be attributed to the outbreak.


Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Most people recover from Salmonella without treatment, but symptoms may be so severe that it is necessary to go to the hospital. Older adults, infants, and those who have impaired immune systems are at highest risk.

Health officials urge residents to contact their doctor or healthcare provider if these symptoms exist:

  • Diarrhea and a fever over 101.5°F.
  • Diarrhea for more than three days that is not improving.
  • Bloody stools.
  • Prolonged vomiting that prevents you from keeping liquids down.
  • Signs of dehydration include making very little urine, dry mouth and throat, and dizziness when standing up.

Officials ask that those who may have purchased food from the fundraiser in Columbia,  throw away any food not consumed, including sides that may have come in contact with the jambalaya. 

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Mass Illness strikes Caldwell Parish town, Health Department issues statement

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