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Alamosa Colorado Sued for Salmonella Drinking Water that Sickened Hundreds and Killed One

Despite a Colorado state report that faulted the city of Alamosa for ignoring the deteriorating condition of its water tank years before a Salmonella outbreak sickened over 400 and killed one resident, the city refused to resolve claims of its citizens. The city of Alamosa was sued today.

The state report found animal waste likely contaminated an in-ground storage tank that had been identified as a problem in 1997. The 2008 outbreak included 442 reported cases of illness, but state health officials estimate as many as 1,300 of the towns 8,900 residents were sickened. One death was associated with the outbreak.