Steve Doyle reports that Alabama’s state epidemiologist says as many as 19 people in Morgan County may have contracted E. coli and Salmonella at a recent church chicken dinner and an unnamed Morgan County church.

Dr. Mary McIntyre told Friday afternoon that her office is also looking into the possibility that one person died following the May 30 meal, which was prepared by a caterer.

McIntyre said 19 people in Morgan County reported symptoms of a foodborne illness including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, she said medical records show only “two or three” have tested positive for E. coli or salmonella.

The state health department considers what happened in Morgan County a “suspected or probable” foodborne illness outbreak until it can perform its own specimen testing, said McIntyre. She urged people to cooperate with the Morgan County Health Department’s ongoing attempts to gather stool samples.