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300+ People Sick at Chicago Food Tasting

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Chicago Sun-Times reports that over 300 people have become sick after eating at a popular food tasting event in Chicago with a number complaining of salmonella poisoning.

On Thursday about 126 people who ate at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at the Taste of Chicago had reported illness. As as of this weekend the number of complaints had more than tripled according to Chicago Sun-Times.

City Health Department officials ordered a restaurant to stop serving hummus Friday as the number of people reporting getting ill from the eatery’s food tripled to 378.

The complaints are from people who say they ate at a Pars Cove booth at Taste of Chicago, which ended Sunday.

Officials said they have 32 confirmed illnesses from salmonella heidelberg — a common form of salmonella poisoning. That number could increase with pending lab tests.

Medical News Today, an online source of medical information, discusses how easy it is for victims of salmonella poisoning to mis-diagnose themselves.

There are over one million reported cases of salmonella poisoning in the USA each year, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The real total is probably much higher, because salmonella poisoning symptoms are often mistaken for other illnesses, such as flu.

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