July 6, 2015: Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Case Count Climbs To 262 Illnesses

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak News – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reports that as of July 6, 2015, a total of 262 illnesses have been associated with a Salmonella food poisoning outbreak linked to the Tarheel Q, located in Lexington, North Carolina.  Laboratory test results are still pending making it likely that the number of confirmed Salmonella infections will increase.

Public health officials continue to ask that anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days of eating food or drinking beverages at the Tarheel Q on or after Saturday, June 6, 2015, please contact the Davidson County Health Department at 336-242-2300. This information will help officials determine the size and scope of the outbreak.

The NCDHHS has updated its website with the following outbreak data:

“• Of these 262, case distribution includes 20 North Carolina counties and 5 states
o Of the North Carolina cases 73% of cases are residents of Davidson County and Davie County
• Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella species. The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).
• Over 50 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab
• Of these 262 cases,
o 58% are male
o 42% are between the ages of 20 and 49
o 19% have visited their provider
o 12% have visited the ED
o 7% have been hospitalized
o 1 death has been identified (Further details regarding the deceased are not available to protect patient confidentiality.)
• 81% of cases had illness onset dates between Tuesday, June 16, 2015, and Sunday, June 21, 2015.”

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. Please see Salmonella Food Poisoning and Salmonella Symptoms to lean more.

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