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APNewsBreak: Feds say 300 sickened salmonella outbreak reported at eastern Pa. federal prison
PITTSBURGH (AP) ' Federal prison officials say over 300 inmates were sickened by salmonella poisoning at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison in last month.
The Bureau of Prisons on Friday said that 320 inmates and four staff were sickened at the U.S. Penitentiary-Canaan in Waymart in an outbreak linked to chicken fajitas served there last month.
State health department spokeswoman Christine Cronkright had initially said more than 500 inmates and staff were sickened, but now says the prison bureau's numbers are likely more accurate.
The state health department had also said the prison's kitchen was closed, but federal prison officials say it reopened Wednesday after passing an inspection.
A spokesman at the prison about 135 miles north of Philadelphia says he's trying to gather more information on the situation.