- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Public health officials are investigating a Salmonella outbreak linked to a summer conference in Portland.

The Multnomah County Health Department on Friday said at least 53 people became ill, including nine laboratory-confirmed cases.

The agency said the cluster of Salmonella infections was linked to the Open Source Bridge Conference at the Eliot Center in Portland. It took place from June 23 to June 26.

The Health Department is working to identify the source of the Salmonella. About 100 different food dishes prepared through multiple catering sources were served over a four-day period to about 500 people.

Officials said the outbreak appears to be an isolated event that has not spread beyond conference participants.

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Most people get sick one to three days after infection.

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