Update (5/16, 4:00 p.m. EST): Health officials in Cumberland County have updated the case count from 18 to 44 individuals sickened. The story below has been amended to reflect the updated numbers.
At least 44 people have fallen ill with symptoms of Salmonella infection in an outbreak connected to the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, N.C., according to the Cumberland County Department of Public Health.
Five patients have been hospitalized. Of those sickened, 36 reside in North Carolina and eight were visiting from out-of-state.
The inn serves food at two restaurants, the All American Sports Bar and Grill and the Café Bordeaux, as well as the banquet kitchen.
The Cumberland County Health Department is asking those who consumed food or beverages at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux since May 1 and developed symptoms within three days to call the department at 910-433-3638.
“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.”
“The Health Department has also set up a ‘Salmonella Hotline’ at 910-433-3824,” the statement read. “Cape Fear Valley Health System has a Care Link health education line staffed by registered nurses. Call at 615-LINK (5465) with questions about Salmonella infection.”© Food Safety News