The Multnomah County Health Department is investigating an apparent outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium at the Open Source Bridge Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference took place between June 23 and June 26, 2015. Out of the 500 people that were served at the conference, 53 have reported symptoms. Nine cases of Salmonella have been lab confirmed. The source of the outbreak is still unknown, with about 100 ingredients being investigated for Salmonella contamination. Investigators are currently surveying over 200 people that attended the conference, including those that were infected, in order to help find the source of the outbreak.
Salmonella is one of the most common sources of food poisoning in the United States. Its symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. These symptoms will appear between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Most cases of Salmonella do not require medical attention, and most people will recover in less than a week. However, sometimes the infection can worsen, which requires medical attention and possibly hospitalization. If you or a loved one attended the conference and are showing the symptoms of Salmonella poisoning, consider contacting a medical professional.