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Man’s death blamed on salmonella outbreak

A Lugoff man’s death has been linked to a salmonella outbreak at a Camden buffet restaurant, state health officials said Wednesday, and the number of others who became ill has risen to at least 176.

Kershaw County Coroner Johnny Fellers confirmed Wednesday that James Arledge, 58, died early Sunday from cardiac arrythmia after getting a blood infection from salmonella. Arledge had not sought medical treatment.

Old South’s owners, Jeff Hatfield and Jill Steele, voluntarily closed the family-owned restaurant Monday and will not reopen until DHEC completes its investigation. Depending on findings from the DHEC investigation, the restaurant could be allowed to reopen, Collier said. If it does, he added, DHEC likely would send staff in to retrain food handlers.