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Windmill Winery in Florence Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

Jonathan V. O'Steen

April 3, 2015

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Florence, Arizona—A salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 22 people may be tied to Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona.

According to the Pinal County Public Health Services District (PCPHSD), at least 22 people who attended a wedding at Windmill Winery on March 19 reportedly have fallen ill. At least four of the wedding attendees have been hospitalized. PCPHSD believes it likely that additional people are infected that have not yet come to the attention of the agency.

PCPHSD began investigating Windmill Winery after a person who attended the wedding reported to the agency that several people became ill after the wedding. PCPHSD learned that the operators of Windmill Winery had exceeded their legally permissible level of food preparation and used a non-permitted caterer. The agency has since moved to temporarily suspend the food permit for the winery.

Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours later. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Some cases do not require medical treatment, while others can result in hospitalization.

If you or a loved has experienced symptoms consistent with salmonella contamination, including diarrhea and abdominal cramps, you should immediately consult your physician for an evaluation.

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