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Update: Jambalaya tests positive for salmonella after mass sickness

Updated information from state health officials said more than 150 people got sick after eating food from a north Louisiana jambalaya fundraiser which was tainted with salmonella and another bacteria.

The Louisiana Department of Health said chicken and sausage jambalaya from the Caldwell Parish event tested positive for salmonella and clostridium perfringens, a bacterium found typically on raw meat or poultry.

Dr. Parham Jaberi, assistant state health officer, said the C. perfringens may explain what caused so many people to get sick so quickly.

State officials said 158 people in total reported getting sick after eating the tainted jambalaya. They said 40 were hospitalized and one person died. People reported sick were between the ages of 10 and 82.

The state said they’re working with the Centers for Disease Control and the coroner who performed the autopsy on the person who died to confirm what caused their death.

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