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99 report signs of salmonella linked to Fayetteville hotel

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

A second lawsuit has been filed against the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville after nearly 100 people reported signs or symptoms consistent with salmonella infections.

Tara Foster, of Buncombe County, is seeking in excess of $10,000 in damages after she claims she became ill from eating at the Cafe Bordeaux in the hotel.

Foster's suit comes about a week after another Fayetteville woman sued the hotel. Lucille Thompson claimed hotel owners served food that was "not fit for human consumption."

Earlier this month, the Cumberland County Department of Public Health alerted the public of a possible salmonella outbreak after dozens of people claimed to have gotten sick after eating at the Holiday Inn Fayetteville – Bordeaux.

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health says at least 99 people have reported signs or symptoms consistent with salmonella infections.

Twelve of those who reported symptoms are out of state, and six people have been hospitalized.

"The last date for onset of sickness is May 15, an indication that control measures put in place to prevent further spread of the illness appear to be working," said Health Director Buck Wilson.

The hotel's general manager, Scooter Deal, said the first 14 reported cases were all staff members at the hotel, including himself.

All of the people appear to have eaten at the All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux within the hotel.

Health officials are worried that the outbreak could spread nationwide because the hotel is alongside Interstate 95.

Deal said the health department investigators have asked questions of the restaurant kitchen staff and reviewed how they handled food. They are also checking what foods were shipped to the hotel.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the Health Department and the North Carolina Division of Public Health are asking that people who have experienced symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within three days of eating or consuming beverages at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux since May 1 to call the county Health Department at (910) 433-3638.

The Health Department has set up a "Salmonella Hotline" at (910) 433-3824. Cape Fear Valley Health System has a Care Link health education line staffed by registered nurses.

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