According to WCNC nine cases of Salmonella have been confirmed following an outbreak at a church barbeque in Shelby, says the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The Sandy Plains Baptist Church held the barbeque fundraiser on Saturday. As of Tuesday, five of the patients have been hospitalized.
The Cleveland County and Rutherford County health departments are working with the NC DHHS to investigate. Officials are asking anyone who attended the barbeque to be alert.
If you attended the event and became ill with intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, consult your healthcare provider and inform them of your exposure at this event.
Anyone who brought home food purchased at the fundraiser should discard it.
Healthcare providers should inform their local health department of any associated case, whether confirmed or suspected.