The state health department has now identified 125 people with gastrointestinal illness as a result of a Salmonella outbreak from a bad pot of jambalaya in Caldwell Parish. 37 people have been hospitalized. In their testing of stool samples, a second bacteria that's commonly found on raw meat and poultry has also been identified.
Dr. David Holcombe, with the state office of public health, says make sure you cook chicken thoroughly and don't let it sit out.
"If it's cooked and it’s not cooked to 160 degrees then once it's cooked and it's not maintained at the proper temperature and is allowed to cool down and have bacteria that survived proliferate."
Holcombe suggests using a meat thermometer when cooking meat and poultry. He says another big problem associated with Salmonella poisoning is inadequate refrigeration.
"This happens every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas with people with inadequately stored dressing and poorly prepared turkeys and all that."
A death has been reported in this Salmonella outbreak. Health officials are still trying to determine if the death can be attributed to the outbreak.