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February 16, 2007

Albany-  Area Health Departments have received hundreds of calls from people concerned that their peanut butter may have made them sick.

While there are 14 confirmed cases in Georgia, the health department has not confirmed any cases yet in Southwest Georgia. The Health Department has taken three stool samples from people in this area that will be sent Monday for tests.

Dr. Jacqueline Grant said the only way to know for sure if you have the Salmonella bacteria is through a stool test. 

"It takes more than a blood stick, we require a stool to do a culture and possibly stools to check for white blood cells as well," said Grant. 

Salmonella sickness usually runs its course in five to seven days.  

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