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Health Department: This Time It's Personal

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Investigating food poisoning cases is just part of the job for the Lawrence County Health Department in southern Illinois. The department's workers have a personal stake in a recent case. They had a Christmas party — with buffet — at a local hangout. At least 40 people got a bellyache while the rest of the staff searched for the cause. The culprit? Most likely the cold diced ham at the salad bar.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning, I'm Linda Wertheimer. Investigating food poisoning cases is just part of the job for the Illinois health department, but the Lawrence County branch had a personal stake in a recent case. They had a Christmas party with buffet at a local hangout last week. At least 40 people got a bellyache, while the rest of the staff searched for the cause. The culprit? Most likely Christmas ham. The restaurant's still closed. It's Morning Edition.

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