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Food poisoning case could be linked to Nashville restaurant

Posted May 4, 2012

— The Nash County Health Department is investigating several reports of gastroenteritis that it says might be associated with Ribeye's Steakhouse off N.C. Highway 64 in Nashville.

Health officials started receiving calls late Thursday about the food poisoning, which they say has symptoms similar to a stomach bug, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. One person who could be connected to this case has been hospitalized.

Health officials said they do not know what type of organism caused the sickness, and test results could take days. They are still investigating to determine its origin.

"We have to look at some other things to make sure it's not a red herring, so we are pursuing that in our investigation too, to make sure the link is true," said Amy Bellflower-Thomas of the Nash County Health Department.

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The owner of the restaurant said she was "devastated," and wasn't sure how people could have gotten sick after eating there. As a precaution, she said staff was disinfecting the entire restaurant.

The best way to prevent general gastrointestinal illness is to practice proper hand-washing, especially after using the restroom, changing diapers, before eating and preparing food, and when caring for a sick person.

Anyone with symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea should stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and remain at home until all symptoms are gone to prevent infecting others.


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  • cinnamon16 May 7, 2012

    It is a shame this happened. The resturant is always very clean.I eat in there about once a week and have never seen anything that would make me feel like I would get sick from anything served there. Anyway nothing has been proven thus a new news report should show that the health dept. found nothing. This story could hurt their business and for no reason at all.

  • halfpint1552 May 7, 2012

    This is an isolated incident. I have eaten there many times and love the food. it's a shame that it is all over the news before test results came in. This could really hurt the restaurant.

  • anonemoose May 4, 2012

    So why did we make a whole new story since this was reported earlier?

    I'm glad Hope and Change has worked so well. I don't have near as much change as I hoped for, so I can't afford to eat out. Maybe that stopped me from getting sick, if that is the actual cause.