71 sickened from salmonella connected to church fundraiser

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CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. - On Saturday night health officials are continuing to interview people who ate Salmonella-tainted barbecue from a Shelby Church.

Cleveland County officials told Eyewitness News that 71 people were sickened and that number could climb.

Thirteen of those people were hospitalized.

The outbreak has been linked to a fundraiser at Sandy Plains Baptist Church on Sept. 7.

The church sold 5,000 plates.