The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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May 20, 2013

N.C. Public Health Officials Investigating Food-Borne Disease Outbreak in Fayetteville

Monday, May 20, 2013 — Fayetteville, N.C. -  State and local public health officials are cautioning anyone who may have visited the Holiday Inn Bordeaux and Conference Centre restaurants at 1707 Owen Drive in Fayetteville, North Carolina since May 1 that they may have been exposed to Salmonella at the hotel or restaurants.  As of May 17, health officials are aware of 51 persons who were exposed at the hotel or its restaurants and subsequently experienced symptoms consistent with Salmonella infection (described below).  Five individuals have been hospitalized as a result of this outbreak.  Food served at the hotel may have been from two restaurants, the All American Sports Bar and Grill and the Cafe Bordeaux, or from a banquet kitchen or room service.

"Because this facility is along a major interstate, we are broadening our notification to try to reach anyone who may be affected by the outbreak," State Health Director Laura Gerald said. 

"Although most people infected with Salmonella recover without treatment, some people may experience severe complications, so if you feel ill, you should contact your healthcare provider."

The Cumberland County Health Department is asking any local residents who may have consumed food or beverages from this facility and subsequently developed signs and symptoms of Salmonella to contact the health department at 910-433-3700. Anyone outside Cumberland County should call their local health department.

Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized to prevent severe and sometimes fatal complications. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Hotel management is participating with public health officials in educating staff about control measures and public health regulations to prevent further spread of the infection.  Salmonella infection is generally transmitted from contaminated food items that are eaten raw or insufficiently cooked, or from infected persons.  Prevention therefore rests on careful hand washing, particularly after using the restroom or before preparing food, and strict adherence to safe food preparation and service, such as cooking items sufficiently and avoiding using the same preparation surface for food that will be cooked and food that is ready to eat.

For more information about Salmonella, please visit http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/diseases/salmonellosis.html

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