Health officials identify source of Thanksgiving illness outbreak at American Legion Hall

A woman walks in front of the American Legion Hall in Antioch, Calif. on Nov. 29, 2016.  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

After a Thanksgiving meal at a San Francisco Bay Area- American Legion Hall left three people dead and over two dozen others ill, health officials have now identified the cause Clostridium perfringens bacteria.

“Clostridium perfringens is one of the most common foodborne illnesses in the U.S,” said Dr. Louise McNitt, deputy health officer for Contra Costa Health Services, according to KTVU. “It can be found in the human intestine without hurting us, but eating food containing large amounts of this bacteria can cause illness and, in some cases, death.”

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