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88 diagnosed with salmonella in Fayetteville

Posted May 28, 2013 5:28 p.m. EDT

— The number of salmonella cases in Fayetteville continues to rise, with a total of 88 people showing symptoms of the bacterial infection, Cumberland County health officials said Tuesday.

The number marks an increase from 51 cases reported Friday and 16 first reported Tuesday. Five people have been hospitalized.

All of the patients reported eating at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, and health officials are asking anyone who ate or drank at the hotel since May 1 to be aware of symptoms, including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps.

The hotel has two restaurants: All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux. There is also a banquet kitchen.

Salmonella bacteria are transmitted through contaminated food or water or contact with an infected animal or person.

Most infected people recover within four to seven days, but some require hospitalization and antibiotics. Frequent hand washing, 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.