July 2, 2015: North Carolina Public Health Officials Report 248 Cases of Food Poisoning Linked To Tarheel Q Restaurant

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reports that as of July 2, 2015, 248 cases of food poisoning associated with eating food from the Tarheel Q have been identified. The Tarheel Q is located on Highway 64 in Lexington, N.C.

The NCDHHS asks that anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days of eating food or drinking beverages from Tarheel Q Restaurant on or after Saturday June 6, 2015, should call the Davidson County Health Department (DCHD) hotline at 336-242-2300 to assist health official determine the size and scope of the outbreak. The public was also advised that the DCHD could be reached at 336-236-3096.

According to the NCDHHS update, the 248 outbreak cases were distributed across 19 North Carolina counties and 5 states. Of the North Carolina illnesses, 72% are residents of Davidson County and Davie County. Available illness onset dates range from June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015. Six percent of the illnesses required hospitalization, and tragically, one death has been reported.

Salmonella Food Poisoning Symptoms: Salmonella food poisoning symptoms may include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, and joint pain. Symptoms of Salmonella food poisoning usually appear within 6 to 72 hours after eating a Salmonella contaminated food.

Although most people recover within 4-7 days, the elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to suffer the severe effects of Salmonella food poisoning

Diagnosis of Salmonella Food Poisoning: If you suspect that you have contracted Salmonella food poisoning, or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your healthcare professional. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm a Salmonella infection. Let your doctor know if you have consumed a product known to be contaminated with Salmonella. A blood or tissue sample may be required if doctors suspect that the infection has entered the blood stream.

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