The salmonella outbreak linked to restaurants and kitchens with the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, North Carolina has grown to 18 cases, up two cases from the day before, according to a Cumberland County Department of Public Health news release May 15.
Four of the cases required hospitalization for their illness.
According to health officials, the people sickened with the gastrointestinal illness ate at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, within the same time frame, Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8.
The Holiday Inn Bordeaux has two restaurants, the All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux. There is also a banquet kitchen.
Based on its investigation, the Health Department is now asking that individuals who consumed food or beverages at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux since May 1 and have developed symptoms within three days of that visit to call the department at 910-433-3638.
In addition, a “Salmonella Hotline” was established, that number is 910-433-3824.
“We are actively working with the hotel and restaurant management and with state officials to resolve this as soon as possible,” said Cumberland County Health Department Director Buck Wilson.
Hotel management is cooperating fully with the investigation.
To date, no source for the salmonella has been identified. The investigation is ongoing.
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Salmonella is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Children are especially susceptible because they frequently put their fingers into their mouths and because their immune systems are still developing.
In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
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