As of Tuesday, June 30, North Carolina health officials have reported the salmonella outbreak linked to the Lexington restaurant, has climbed to 232. The cases of gastrointestinal disease have been reported in 16 North Carolina counties, with the majority from Davidson and Davies counties, and five states.
Samples from BBQ food from the restaurant and a patient early in the outbreak reveal the same DNA fingerprint, identified as Salmonella Typhimurium.
Slightly more than half of those infected were male and 6 percent of the total required hospitalization fro their illness. No deaths have been reported.
Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized to prevent severe and sometimes fatal complications. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
In a follow-up from the Cowfish norovirus outbreak in Charlotte, health officials report there were 96 cases total. The Charlotte Observer reports: Records show one Norovirus case was confirmed by a state Department of Health and Human Services laboratory. Ninety-five others were deemed “probable” by health officials. Just one person reported visiting a hospital.