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Department of Health investigating possible foodborne illness in Nisswa

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating possible foodborne illnesses after some people got sick after a Nisswa Lion’s Club meeting.

The March 24 Lion’s club meeting was conducted at the Nisswa Community Center. Food was served by the regular caterer, Red, White and Blue Catering of Nisswa, said Lion’s club president Duane Blanck.

The investigation is ongoing, said Doug Schultz, of the Communications Department at the Minnesota Department of Health.

“We don’t have much yet,” he said.

Schultz said the department received a complaint that some people who ate at the meeting have experienced symptoms of a possible foodborne illness.

The exact number of those sick was not available Monday, though Schultz said 35 people ate at the buffet-style meal. The Department of Health doesn’t have the complete list of food items yet.

“We don’t know what the cause of these reported illnesses might be, but ill attendees have reported vomiting and/or diarrhea,” he said.

Investigations can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the outbreak.

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