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2015 Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium at Tarheel Q, North Carolina

In June 2015 Davidson County Health Department and Davie County Health Department staff worked with North Carolina Division of Public Health staff to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella among customers of the Tarheel Q, a barbeque restaurant located in Lexington, North Carolina. As of July 8, 2015 as many as 280 people had been reportedly sickened. One person had died. Illness was reported by persons residing in 6 states and 21 North Carolina counties. The majority of ill persons were residents of Davidson County or Davie County in North Carolina. Twenty percent had seen a health care provider. Thirteen percent had visited the emergency department and 9% had been hospitalized. Laboratory testing of a BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the outbreak were a genetic match by PFGE.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2015
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • North Carolina
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • BBQ
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Tarheel Q
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Unknown
  • Total ill:
  • 280
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 25
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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