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Second bacterium found in tainted jambalaya at Louisiana fundraiser

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Courtesy: The Advocate Courtesy: The Advocate
COLUMBIA, La. -

Louisiana health officials believe a second bacterium may have contributed to the mass food poisoning that killed one and injured hundreds at a fundraiser in Caldwell Parish.

KATC previously reported attendees believe a pot of jambalaya is to blame for the Salmonella outbreak.

125 people have been identified with gastrointestinal illness, putting 37 people in the hospital.

Health officials are working to determine if the death can be attributed to the outbreak. 

Now, Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Parham Jaberi says in addition to the salmonella already found in stool samples, a bacterium commonly found on raw meat and poultry also has been identified, The Advocate reports. Jaberi says the bacterium, when ingested, releases a toxin that makes people sick. It presents many of the same symptoms as salmonella.

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