December 8, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak Doug Saul’s Bar-B-Que in Nashville, NC Sickens 14

A Salmonella outbreak Doug Saul’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood restaurant located in Nashville, North Carolina has sickened at least 14 people, according to the Nash County Health Department. Ten of those people named the restaurant as a source of some of the food they ate before they got sick. That facility is located at 813 Western Avenue in Nashville.

Salmonella Outbreak Doug Saul's Bar-B-Que in Nashville, NC Sickens 14

The Nash County Health Department immediately suspended the food establishment operating permit of the restaurant, stating that there were “conditions present constituting an imminent health hazard.”

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food Protection Division found Salmonella in equipment and food that is “likely to cause an immediate threat of serious adverse health effects.” This finding was reported as part of an investigation that found Salmonella London sickened the restaurant’s patrons.

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Environmental evaluations were conducted by public health officials. Many locations in the kitchen were swabbed. The swab culture results were reported and included several that were positive for Salmonella bacteria.

William Hill, Nash County Health Director said in a statement, “The partnership between the local health department, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture and the restaurant owner has been invaluable during this investigation. The restaurant owner has been very cooperative, but based on these findings, it is imperative for the protection of the public that the restaurant be temporarily closed and identified violations must be corrected before the restaurant may reopen.”

Symptoms of a Salmonella food poisoning infection include a fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach and abdominal cramps, muscle aches, and diarrhea that may be bloody. Symptoms usually begin 12 to 72 hours after eating food contaminated with this pathogen. Salmonella London is a rare strain of this pathogen.

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