SALEM — A teacher and more than 50 Woodbury Middle School students who were infected with salmonella returned to school yesterday.

The students contracted salmonella while attending Stone Environmental School on April 17. The overnight environmental education camp is at Purity Springs Resort in Madison.

Although a student left the school early today still suffering from the illness, the remainder appeared to have recovered, Superintendent Michael Delahanty said.

"Despite that one case, nothing more serious has happened," Delahanty said.

Most of the sick students stayed out of school leading up to their vacation last week. The students became sick on their third day at the camp.

After an investigation by the state's Department of Health and Human Services and the temporary closing of the camp, it was determined last week that a mixer used to make pudding in the resort's kitchen was the source of the food poisoning. The camp has since been permitted to reopen.

Prior to the trip, district officials announced this would be the last year the district would send seventh-graders to the camp, ending a 33-year relationship. Delahanty said the salmonella had no bearing on making that decision permanent.

"The decision was completely unrelated to this, had it happened five to six years ago, I'm not sure it would have made any difference," he said.


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