ALAMOSA, CO — More than 300 of Alamosa’s 8,500 people have been sickened by salmonella in this farm town’s water supply. Some 73 cases have been confirmed since the first victims showed symptoms on March 7.
Salmonella is usually a food-borne disease and contamination of public water systems is rare. The particular strain that caused the outbreak is one found in the feces of local deer, birds and other warm-blooded animals. How it got into the water remains a mystery.
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