CHINCOTEAGUE, VA - Health officials say about 150 people living in eight states, including West Virginia, have been sickened by Salmonella after attending a chili cook-off in Virginia.
Dr. David Matson, director of Virginia's Eastern Shore Health District, says half of the victims have sought medical treatment, and some have been hospitalized.
More than 2,000 people attended the 18th Annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show on Sept. 30.
Matson said most people sickened by the bacteria have already become ill with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, but some could become sick after two or three weeks.
Symptoms of Salmonella can include chills, dehydration, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, headaches, vomiting, or loss of appetite.
Health officials are asking cook-off attendees to fill out a survey as they determine the bacteria's source.
People who've gotten sick live in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and North Carolina.