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Source of salmonella outbreak at Fayetteville hotel identified

Posted July 23, 2013

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— Cumberland County health authorities confirmed Tuesday that the All American Sports Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville was the source of a salmonella outbreak that sickened 100 people in May.

A particular food item could not be singled out, authorities said, but some employees continued to work there while ill and may have contributed to cross-contamination.

“With this and any other public health investigation, our goal is to identify action steps and safety measures that will stop the spread of illness and prevent this kind of event from happening again,” Cumberland County Public Health Director Buck Wilson said in a statement. “This investigation was a real team effort by county and state environmental and communicable disease staff, as well as Holiday Inn Bordeaux management.”

The state and county divisions of public health began an investigation May 13 after two people who ate at the hotel were diagnosed with the bacterial infection, which is transmitted through contaminated food or water or contact with an infected animal or person, and can cause severe gastrointestinal distress.

The Cumberland County Health Department also alerted the public and asked anyone who may have gotten sick from eating at the hotel’s two restaurants or banquet facilities to contact officials. The hotel management cooperated with the investigation.

A total of 100 cases were identified, with 25 confirmed and 75 listed as probable. Hotel staff accounted for 29 cases, according to a report released Tuesday.

The investigation found the strain of salmonella was “unique to the state” during the outbreak, and contamination was limited to the hotel restaurant.

The health department conducted daily site visits to the hotel restaurants during the outbreak, and investigators noted multiple opportunities for salmonella contamination, including the absence of hand-washing supplies and water that was too cold to kill bacteria, according to the report. They also found employees touching ready-to-eat food and a malfunctioning dishwasher.

Since the outbreak, the health department has conducted food-safety training for the restaurant employees. A call to the hotel manager Tuesday was not immediately returned.

At least three people who contracted salmonella have filed lawsuits seeking damages from Aroma Hotels LLC, which operates the Holiday Inn Bordeaux. Lacey Townsend, a 27-year-old plaintiff, told WRAL News in June that her meal at the hotel sent her to the hospital twice.

“I have given birth to two children, and the pain that sent me to the hospital the second time was worse than any labor that I have ever been in,” she had said.
 

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 25, 2013

    @WageSlave said, "...populations ignorance concerning thier food's creation and handling is directly related to blind trust in government departments...Big Business is in bed with these departments and the people are not only in the dark, but completly ignorant to any facts."

    I'm not sure what you're saying...it seems to contradict itself. Part 1 of your comment says people are to blame for relying on gov't, but part 2 says big business influences gov't to keep people ignorant.

    People trust the gov't because of what it is supposed to be...protection of the people by the people. Anyone who allows profit to over-ride health, IMO, is in the wrong. YMMV

    Unfortunately, one political party is bent on increasing corporate protections...money over health. That, IMO, is the real problem...the greed mentality...and it needs to stop.

    Sorry, Mitt Romney, but in my book, Corporations are NOT people.

  • sweetlyght Jul 24, 2013

    "While there were obviously some health code violations, if companies actually gave employees sick time and allowed them to use it without fear if losing their jobs (along with decent health insurance!), maybe the sick employees would have stayed home and not spread things further. norainonmyparade

    I agree. But we have to ask ourselves do we want the government telling these private companies what to do on matters like this? Or will we do research and only provide our business to companies that treat thier employees more fairly (you will pay more for thier service).

    You have to ask yourself what you think the role of Government should be.
    WageSlave"

    Actually, when it comes to food service they do have a say in it. That's why it's a health code violation to have sick peole working around food. Food Services have special rules for a reason, and it is normal to see serval people coming into doctor's offices with a strain of something they all caught at the same eattery. Indivisuals wa

  • meruncc13 Jul 23, 2013

    Why am I not surprised? The last time I was there for a convention the food was not that good and I had some small issues with the facility about the sanitation rating.

  • mfarmer1 Jul 23, 2013

    I ate there once, the food was not good at all.

  • HomeBrewDude Jul 23, 2013

    Don't worry... I stated at a Holiday Inn Express last night... I'm a Doctor.

  • WageSlave Jul 23, 2013

    While there were obviously some health code violations, if companies actually gave employees sick time and allowed them to use it without fear if losing their jobs (along with decent health insurance!), maybe the sick employees would have stayed home and not spread things further.
    norainonmyparade

    I agree. But we have to ask ourselves do we want the government telling these private companies what to do on matters like this? Or will we do research and only provide our business to companies that treat thier employees more fairly (you will pay more for thier service).

    You have to ask yourself what you think the role of Government should be.

  • WageSlave Jul 23, 2013

    What is the government doing investing this private business? This so-called "Health Department" is an illegal government agency that should be disbanded and all health regulations should be repealed.

    Customers will decide for themselves if they want to patronize a business.

    The government is taking profits from private businesses, dontchaknow!

    (Liberal sarcasm...otherwise known as a Conservative dream come true.)
    Click to view my profile JustOneGodLessThanU

    I have say that I believe the populations ignorance concerning thier food's creation and handling is directly related to blind trust in government departments. What concerns me is when Big Business is in bed with these departments and the people are not only in the dark, but completly ignorant to any facts.

    Our lifestyle simply has us moving to fast to really research anything anymore.

    The conspiracies concerning GMO foods, Ethanol, Sugar Embargo, Aspartame, as well as Marijauana come to mind.

  • norainonmyparade Jul 23, 2013

    While there were obviously some health code violations, if companies actually gave employees sick time and allowed them to use it without fear if losing their jobs (along with decent health insurance!), maybe the sick employees would have stayed home and not spread things further.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 23, 2013

    What is the government doing investing this private business? This so-called "Health Department" is an illegal government agency that should be disbanded and all health regulations should be repealed.

    Customers will decide for themselves if they want to patronize a business.

    The government is taking profits from private businesses, dontchaknow!

    (Liberal sarcasm...otherwise known as a Conservative dream come true.)

  • GravyPig Jul 23, 2013

    "WRAL. Actually if you read your own article, the source was NOT identified."

    It was and it wasn't. The source was the All American Grill, that's as far as it has been narrowed down.

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