October 24, 2016

Food Poisoning Flashback: Tarheel Q Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak Sickened 280

food poisoning flashbackLast summer, a Salmonella outbreak linked to the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina sickened 280 people in seven states. One person died.

Lab tests found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in a sample of BBQ taken from the restaurant. The strain matched the bacteria from a case patient. Most of those sickened reported onset of illness from June 16, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps that usually develop six to 72 hours are exposure. The illness usually lasts about a week.

Salmonella infections are caused by contaminated food. Foods that contain Salmonella include chicken, raw milk, produce, pork, beef, and seafood. To reduce the risk of illness, foods should be thoroughly cooked to a safe temperature as measured with a food thermometer. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw and cooked foods separate and always wash hands well before and after preparing food.

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