McLean Co. Health Department waiting for Salmonella results

By WEEK Producer

November 27, 2012 Updated Nov 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A local McDonald's is still closed as the restaurant and the McLean County Health Department continue to investigate cases of Salmonella.

According to the health department, a cluster of Salmonella cases were reported in McLean County between October 18 and November 11.

The McDonald's on South Main Street in Bloomington was found to have a connection with at least some of the reported cases.

The health department inspected the restaurant and doesn't think the cause is a specific food, but rather human transmission.

The store has been closed since last Thursday while employees are tested for the virus. Results aren't expected to come in until later this week.

"A person who was infected with Salmonella through another person, either with direct contact with their feces either through cleaning or unwashed hands, would of come in contact with that infected person and then the germs would spread from what they were dealing with and what they were touching," explained Kera Simon of the McLean County Health Department.

The symptoms of Salmonella include fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea.

If you experienced these symptoms please contact the Health Department at 888-5435 and select option 4.

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