September 29, 2016

Food Poisoning Flashback: Tarheel Q Restaurant Salmonella Outbreak Sickened 280

Last 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 … [Read more...]

Deadly North Carolina Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak is Over

The Salmonella outbreak linked to the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina is over, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.  The final case count is 280 people sickened in seven states. Of the cases in North Carolina, 77% live in Davidson and Davie counties. Of those cases, 58% are male, 42% are between the ages of 20 and 49; 20% have visited a doctor, 13% have gone to the emergency room for treatment; 9% have been hospitalized, and one person has died. Most people, or 79%, were sickened between Tuesday, June 16, 2015 and Sunday, June 21, 2015. Lab testing found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium in a sample of BBQ taken from the restaurant. That strain matches the bacteria from a case patient; they both have the same PFGE … [Read more...]

Tarheel Q NC Salmonella Outbreak Now at 262 Sickened

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Salmonella outbreak at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina has now sickened at least 262 people. Most of those sickened live in Davidson County. Public health officials are still asking anyone who became ill with diarrhea within four days after they ate food or drank beverages at the Tarheel Q on or after Saturday, June 6, 2015, to call the Davidson County Health Department's hotline at 336-242-2300. This information is crucial to determine the size of the outbreak. Of the 262 sickened so far, patients live in 20 North Carolina counties and five other states. Of the North Carolina cases, 73% live in Davidson County and Davie County. Fifty-eight percent are male, 42% are between the ages of … [Read more...]

Tarheel Q Salmonella Outbreak Case Total Now 248; One Dead

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, there are 248 people in 6 states sickened with a "diarrheal illness" after eating at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, North Carolina. Those symptoms are consistent with a Salmonella infection. This data is current as of July 1, 2015. Most of those sickened live in Davidson and Davie counties. Lab testing indicates that a BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who got sick at the beginning of this outbreak are both positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern. More than 50 additional clinical specimens are at the state lab, waiting results. The food that contained the bacteria may have been improperly cooked, may have been contaminated after cooking through … [Read more...]

Tarheel Q Restaurant NC Salmonella Outbreak Toll Reaches 197

According to the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services, the Salmonella outbreak among those who ate at the Tarheel Q restaurant has now sickened 197 people in 7 states as of noon Friday June 26, 2015. Those people are sick with a diarrheal illness. The restaurant is located on Highway 64 in Lexington, North Carolina. Laboratory testing has found that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who become sick at the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella Typhimurium. Both samples have the same DNA, or PFGE fingerprint.   More than 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state laboratory. Of those 197 patients, 54% are male, 43% are between the ages of 20 and 49. Most of the patients who live in North Carolina are from … [Read more...]

Teen Doing Mission Work Among Those Sickened in Tarheel Salmonella Outbreak

Seventeen-year-old Parker Allred was on a mission trip in Pennsylvania building houses for those in need when he got salmonellosis from a meal he ate at the Tarheel Q restaurant in Lexington, NC. Allred is among at least 100 others who are part of a Salmonella outbreak that has been linked to the restaurant on Highway 64 in Lexington, NC. "It feels like someone is just twisting your stomach constantly," Allred told wfmy news2.com. "It's like there is a constant pain on a scale from 1 to 10 of about 3, and then it has some times where kicks up to about a 10." Being seven hours from home made it worse, Allred told the news station. "Because you know that somehow or another you are going to have to drive that seven hours back whether you are feeling good or not." Allred said he has … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak at Tarheel Q in Lexington NC

A Salmonella outbreak at the Tarheel Q in Lexington, NC has sickened more than 30 people, according to the Davidson County Health Department. At least seven people have been hospitalized, All of those sickened, reported that they had eaten at the restaurant, located on Highway 64, several days before becoming ill with symptoms of a Salmonella infection including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. “We are still investigating to determine the source (or sources) of infection. We are also actively working with restaurant management to resolve this as soon as possible,” said Davidson County Health Department Director Monecia Thomas. “We would like to thank the restaurant for their cooperation.   The restaurant has been diligent and responsive during this … [Read more...]

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