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Fayetteville Holiday Inn salmonella outbreak case count at 70

The salmonella outbreak linked to the Fayetteville, North Carolina area Holiday Inn Bordeaux has grown to at least 70 cases on Monday, up from 51 cases reported Friday, according to a Cumberland County Department of Public Health news release.

Salmonella image/CDC

Salmonella image/CDC

Health officials report that 58 cases were from North Carolina and 12 out of state. Five people have been hospitalized.

The source of the outbreak has yet to be determined. An email to the health department asking what the exact strain of salmonella implicated in this outbreak was left unanswered.

At least 14 of those affected by the outbreak are hotel employees.

The Holiday Inn Bordeaux serves food at two restaurants, the All American Sports Bar and Grill and the Café Bordeaux, and from their banquet kitchen.

At this point, any new cases got sick before May 14, which indicates that control measures in place appear to be working to prevent further spread of illness. The Health Department has set up a “Salmonella Hotline” at 910-433-3824.Cape Fear Valley Health System has a Care Link health education line staffed by registered nurses. Call at 615-LINK (5465) with questions about Salmonella infection.

In addition, the first lawsuit against Aroma Hotels LLC, doing business as the Holiday Inn Bordeaux because of salmonella illness, allegedly she contracted after dining at the establishment, according to a Fayetteville Observer report. 

The plaintiff has been identified as Lucille Thompson of Fayetteville, according to the report.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonellosis is an infection with bacteria called Salmonella. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most persons recover without treatment.

However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

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