Wisconsin public health officials are investigating an apparent foodborne illness outbreak among attendees of a Beaver Dam-area wedding reception. The wedding and reception took place on June 16th, and guests began exhibiting symptoms of food poisoning, including fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and body aches shortly thereafter. Dodge County and the Wisconsin Health Department are looking into the cause of the outbreak, according to the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen.
The first call following the wedding came from the Columbus Community Hospital after someone came to the hospital showing signs of gastrointestinal distress, Langfeldt said. The patient had just attended a wedding.
"After we started to get more calls, we contacted the department for the state restaurant inspections for Dodge County," [Jody] Langfeldt said.
The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Southern regional office in Madison is still working closely with the county, Langfeldt said.
So far, Langfeldt said her department has interviewed almost 100 guests.
Several bacteria and viruses cause symptoms similar to those experienced by guests at the wedding reception. For more information about common causes of food poisoning, visit www.foodborneillness.com.