Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health are providing an update on those identified with a gastrointestinal illness related to the food poisoning outbreak in Caldwell Parish. 

As of now, 158 people have been identified with gastrointestinal illness. Forty have been hospitalized, with almost all now discharged.

The health department is continuing to investigate a death that may be associated with the outbreak. Officials are working with the pathologist responsible for the autopsy and CDC to determine if post-mortem testing can be performed by the CDC. 

The ages of those with a confirmed illness range from 10 years old to 82. In addition to the Salmonella, health officials have also identified a second pathogen, C. perfringens, that is also causing some of the illnesses. Clostridium perfringens is a bacterium commonly found on raw meat and poultry. 

Health officials are also testing samples of the jambalaya meals that are believed to be responsible for the outbreak. Currently,19 food samples have been tested with five testing positive for Salmonella. The results for the remaining 14 samples are still pending, and state officials are sending the samples to the CDC for further testing.

Epidemiologists with the Louisiana Department of Health remind people who might have eaten the jambalaya meal to call (800) 256-2748. 

For more information about Salmonella and food safety visit the CDC website; or