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AZDHS: 11 people sickened from salmonella outbreak

PHOENIX -- More than 10 people in Arizona have been sickened as a result of a salmonella outbreak at Foster Farms, the Arizona Department of Health said Tuesday.

"Our cases have had onset since the beginning of March through about Sept. 14.," said Infections Diseases Epidemiology Program Manager Joli Weiss.

In total, 11 Arizonans were sickened as a result of the outbreak. Seven of the affected required hospitalization.

"For the most part, the folks have had symptoms like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache," said Weiss.

Of the infected, seven were in Maricopa County, two were in Pima County, one was in Pinal County and one was in Coconino County.

The victims included a child as young as 1 and a person aged 84 years.

"The positive thing here is that it is really preventable," said Weiss. "Chicken products we know can contain salmonella, so really one of the best preventative measures is to cook your chicken thoroughly."

Weiss said consumers should be sure to cook their chicken to at least 165 degrees, the temperature that kills salmonella.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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