Officials with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) report receiving approximately 30 reports of people ill with a possible foodborne illness since Friday.
To date, we have four confirmed cases of salmonella. At this point, epidemiological information suggests that the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Stuttgart, AR is the likely site of the outbreak.
The ADH is taking steps to address this outbreak. Biological specimens are being collected from patients that are ill. In addition, health officials are collecting information about where they have eaten and any other common exposures they might have had. This may include animal or worksite exposure.
The ADH has inspected the site that has been identified as a common food source for these individuals and identified risks were removed. We have received cooperation from the site and have provided additional food safety training to all employees. The ADH will be conducting a follow-up inspection.
People who ate at the restaurant on or around August 14-16, and are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider first, and then the Department of Health.
The ADH encourages everyone to help prevent the spread of infectious disease by practicing good hygiene and washing hands thoroughly and regularly. Most persons infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.