2 infants contract salmonella in Stanislaus County

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(AP) – State health officials are investigating after two babies contracted salmonella poisoning while at a Stanislaus County hospital. County health officials say the first case at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto was reported in April, and the second case on May 30.

More than 1 million people are infected with salmonella in the U.S. every year, resulting in about 400 deaths. Babies can get infected through contaminated formula, breast milk or baby food.

Stanislaus County Public Health Director John Walker said state investigators determined that infant formula in the Neonatal Intensive Unit was not the source of the poisoning.

Carin Sarkis, associate administrator at Doctors Medical Center, said the hospital followed all of its policies, and it appears to be an isolated event.

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