Georgia Peanut Plant Responsible for Salmonella Outbreak

Three people are dead after an outbreak of salmonella. Health officials are now confirming the plant in Blakely, Georgia is responsible for the tainted peanut butter.

The salmonella outbreak sweeping the nation continues to claim more victims.

Now that the source of the outbreak has been identified researchers are working around the clock to find out how the bacteria made its way into the peanut butter.

Dr. Mark McDonald with flowers hospital said, “Salmonella is a bacteria and is spread through many ways a common way is through a small amount of feces that got into the peanut butter or it could be from something that they used to make it."

The salmonella outbreak so far has affected 43 states but no incidents have been reported in Dothan.

Dr. McDonald said, “I have not seen any outbreaks of salmonella in the emergency department here."

Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Houston County Schools and Dothan City Schools say they don't carry the "King Nut" brand of peanut butter that has tested positive for salmonella.

While it only takes a small amount of the bacteria to cause a clinical infection, there is promising news for victims.

Dr. McDonald said, "Salmonella essentially has a mortality rate of less than one percent so most people that are healthy and get the virus will make a full recover."

However, children under the age of one and the elderly are at a greater risk of dying if infected with the bacteria.

Peanut Corporation of America says none of the peanut butter being recalled is sold through retail stores.

Its peanut butter is made for bulk distribution to institutions, food service industries and private label food companies.

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