At least 51 people are now known to have fallen ill in a Salmonella outbreak linked to a North Carolina Holiday Inn, reported the Cumberland County Health Department Friday.
That number is up from the 44 illnesses reported by the Department just one day earlier. The source of the outbreak is thought to be the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, NC, which operates two restaurants: The All American Sports Bar and Grill and the fancier Café Bordeaux.
Five people have been hospitalized as a result of their infections, according to CCHD.
The Department is asking those who ate at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux on or after May 1 and developed symptoms of Salmonella infection within three days of that visit to report their illness by calling 910-433-3638.
Symptoms of Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, muscle aches and fever.
Health officials are recommending that people take precautions to avoid spreading of the foodborne bacteria.
“To stop the further spread of the illness, the Health Department advises that handwashing is the best control measure,” the Health Department said in a press statement. “People with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea symptoms need to make sure they are staying hydrated and should seek medical care from their private doctor, urgent care or emergency room if their symptoms do not improve.”
CCHD has also set up a “Salmonella Hotline,” staffed by registered nurses, for consumers with questions. The hotline number is 910-433-3824.© Food Safety News