Mecklenburg County, NC health officials say that nearly half of the 100 attendees of an East Charlotte cookout last weekend have sought medical care for “complaints of stomach problems”.

While health department officials have not publicized an etiology of the outbreak, local media reports that Shigella is the cause of the illnesses.

Health neighborhood say those affected attended a birthday party at the Forest Hills Apartments in East Charlotte on Saturday, June 30. All those attending the event should:

  • Not eat any food that you may have taken home from the party.
  • Wash their hands.
    • Before preparing or eating food
    • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
    • After using the restroom
    • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

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  • Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms
    • Loose bowel movements that may contain blood or mucous
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Stomach cramps
  • Also, if you have food that was served at the event, please keep it refrigerated and contact Environmental Health at 980-314-9400.  Someone will be in touch with you to pick it up.