Salmonella outbreak reported in Fayetteville
Posted May 14, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — The Cumberland County Health Department is alerting the public to a possible salmonella outbreak after 16 people showed symptoms of the bacterial infection.
The department said Tuesday that two of the 16 people have confirmed cases of salmonella, and one of them was hospitalized.
Investigators determined all 16 ate at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville on May 7 or May 8. The hotel has two restaurants: All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux. There is also a banquet kitchen.
“We are actively working with the hotel and restaurant management and with state officials to resolve this as soon as possible,” Cumberland County Health Department Director Buck Wilson said in a statement.
Scooter Deal, general manager at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux, said the hotel is fully cooperating with local and state officials to help control the illness.
Salmonella bacteria are transmitted through contaminated food or water or contact with an infected animal or person. Symptoms of infection include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.
Most infected people recover within four to seven days, but some require hospitalization and antiobiotics. Frequent handwashing, especially after using the bathroom or handling food, is the best preventive measure, experts say.
Anyone who developed symptoms after eating at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux last week is asked to call the health department at 910-433-3638.
For more information, call the “salmonella hotline” at 910-433-3824.