Salmonella outbreak from Fayetteville hotel sickens 70
Posted May 20, 2013
Updated May 21, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Health officials said Monday afternoon that the number of people sickened from a salmonella outbreak traced to a Fayetteville hotel has increased.
Seventy people who ate since May 1 at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux's banquet facilities along with its cafe and sports bar have been sickened with at least five of them becoming ill enough to be hospitalized, health officials said.
The hotel is near Interstate 95, meaning victims of the illness – symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps – could be anywhere, State Health Director Laura Gerald told The Fayetteville Observer on Friday.
"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," Gerald said.
Anyone who developed symptoms after eating at the hotel is asked to call the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at 910-433-3638.
Investigators have not determined which food was contaminated. The bacteria also could spread through cross contamination of glassware, silverware or other foods, said health department director Buck Wilson said.
"It requires an extensive investigation. It's possible that you never narrow it down to a specific source," he said.
The county health department has sent workers to the hotel every day since the initial report came in to make sure restaurant staff are taking precautions to make sure there are no more outbreaks.
The staff at the hotel also has taken extra food safety classes, Wilson said.