BOONE, N.C. (WCNC) -- The Appalachian District Health Department says that as of Monday afternoon, 37 individuals had symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis.
Three days after health officials in Watauga County confirmed a salmonella outbreak at a restaurant in Boone, authorities are saying they have seven confirmed cases of Salmonellosis and another 30 who are showing symptoms of the illness. None of those individuals have been hospitalized, authorities say.
The Appalachian District Health Department says the illness originated at Proper Restaurant on South Water Street.
Health officials are asking anyone who may have shown any of the following symptoms within 72 hours of dining at Proper Restaurant on or after May 17 to please contact them. Symptoms of illness include: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting.
Health Director Beth Lovette says the department is still looking into the source and the restaurant is cooperating.
Patients should stay hydrated and seek medical care.
Anyone who calls after hours or on the weekend should stay on the line to be connected to our on-call staff. You can reach the health department by calling (828) 264-6635.
The Health Department advises meats and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating, only consuming products that have been pasteurized and thoroughly washing hands after dealing with animals, before eating or preparing foods for others, and after using the restroom. All of those tips will prevent further spread of the illness.
Ill people need to make sure they are staying hydrated and should seek medical care from their private doctor, urgent care or emergency room if their diarrhea and/or vomiting symptoms don't improve.
The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In some cases, the person must be treated with antibiotics.