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Salmonella outbreak traced to Elko restaurant


ELKO – Seventeen suspected cases of Salmonella have been reported in Elko this week, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.

The Grille at Gold Dust West is the suspected source of the disease, public information officer Martha Framsted confirmed in an email.

“Division staff have been onsite at the facility since Monday, March 11,” Framsted said. “The business has not been closed and is cooperating with the investigation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 23,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year with Salmonella. The agency has reported as many as 450 deaths within the course of a year.

Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps beginning 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness can last up to a week. Most people recover with treatment.

“This is an ongoing investigation and I will provide additional information as the investigation proceeds,” Framsted said.

John East, chief operating officer for Jacob’s Entertainment, which owns Gold Dust West, confirmed that the company is working with health officials to discover the source of the problem.

“We are cooperating with the health department to identify the possible products and causes,” East said. “The health department’s preliminary investigation did not yield any causes related to Gold Dust West [employees’] handling of food products.”

According to East, the current focus of the investigation is on the suppliers and purveyors of food products.

“The health department asked us to remove eggs from the menu and we have complied with that,” he said.


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