According to press reports, Virginia health officials say they have identified Salmonella bacteria in specimens of food associated with the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off that happened on September 30, in Chincoteague, which have made dozens of people violently ill.

According to health department officials, they are continuing to try to reach more than 2,000 attendees from multiple states in order to get them to submit information to the online outbreak survey and see their primary care provider if they are still ill.

Attendees, whether ill or well, are asked to complete the online survey related to this incident. To take the survey, click here.

After the initial investigation began last week, more than 350 people have responded to the survey that was sent out.

Health officials say they’ve started locating local residents that may have attended the event, but have found attendees from some states to the north have also reported illnesses.

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