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NC Salmonella Outbreak Hits 103 as 3rd Lawsuit Filed by Marler Clark

The Cumberland County health director, Buck Wilson, declared the county’s Salmonella outbreak over Wednesday, saying there have been no new cases since May 15.  The Cumberland County Department of Public Health says at least 103 people have reported signs or symptoms consistent with salmonella infections.  All of the people appear to have eaten at the All American Sports Bar and Grill and The Café Bordeaux within the hotel.  The hotel’s general manager, Scooter Deal, said the first 14 reported cases were all staff members at the hotel, including himself.

“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.

At least 12 of those who reported symptoms are out of state, and six people have been hospitalized.

The announcement comes as a third lawsuit has been filed against the Holiday Inn Fayetteville – Bordeaux. The lawsuit was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court on behalf of Asheville resident Lacey Townsend.

Townsend claims she became ill with a salmonella infection after eating food purchased from the hotel on May 8 and 9. The lawsuit states that the food “was adulterated, not fit for human consumption, and … was not reasonably safe as designed, manufactured, or sold.”

Townsend’s lawsuit follows lawsuits from Tara Foster, of Buncombe County, and Lucille Thompson, of Fayetteville, alleging hotel owners served food that was “not fit for human consumption.

Salmonella:  Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks. The Salmonella lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $600 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Our Salmonella lawyers have litigated Salmonella cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as cantaloupe, tomatoes, ground turkey, salami, sprouts, cereal, peanut butter, and food served in restaurants.  The law firm has brought Salmonella lawsuits against such companies as Cargill, ConAgra, Peanut Corporation of America, Sheetz, Taco Bell, Subway and Wal-Mart.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.