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Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 82

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The number of people sickened by salmonella traced to a Fayetteville area hotel has risen to at least 82.  Officials say the outbreak happened earlier this month at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux.  Buck Wilson is the public health director for Cumberland County.  He says finding the precise cause is challenging. 

"We have a great team out of the state with epidemiologists and MD's, medical doctors and they came in and did what they call an analytic study," he says. "And the goal was for them to interview at least 75 percent of the employees and I believe they reached their goal.  And they're still doing the research to try and to figure out exactly what the source was."

Wilson says the hotel features a cafe, a sports bar and banquet facilities all of which could have been sources of the salmonella.  He says health teams will finish their on-site work today.

Eric Hodge hosts WUNC’s broadcast of Morning Edition, and files reports for the North Carolina news segments of the broadcast. He started at the station in 2004 doing fill-in work on weekends and All Things Considered.
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