- Associated Press - Monday, September 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota health officials are investigating an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 22 people since late July.

The state Health Department says investigations into the outbreak have shown that the infections have the same genetic pattern and may have originated from a common source. Officials, however, have been unable to identify a common food item, place or event where all of the cases may have been exposed.

Salmonella symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramps.

Officials say 14 of the cases have been from Ward County. The patients who weren’t from that county reported traveling to that area.

The department says officials will randomly call residents who haven’t been ill in hopes of collecting information that will be compared to that of sick patients. Officials say the information may help narrow down the cause of the infection.

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