Health officials warn of enteritis outbreak

Posted: Sunday, September 07, 2008

ANCHORAGE - More than two dozen people have been diagnosed with a specific kind of intestinal infection.

Officials at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services say 32 people have been diagnosed with Campylobacter enteritis in Southcentral Alaska. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Anchorage health officials as well as state public health officials are investigating the cases to determine if there is a common source responsible for the infections.

The bacteria that causes enteritis can be found in raw or uncooked fruits, vegetables, poultry and meat. It also can be found in unprocessed water and in unpasteurized dairy products.

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