DURHAM — Health officials have confirmed at least nine people who got sick after eating food from Bullocks Barbecue became ill from salmonella.
The Durham County Health Department has been investigating the popular restaurant, located at 3330 Quebec Drive in Durham, since April 20, when more than a dozen people reported becoming ill.
Most of the sick individuals have had improvement from their symptoms. The exact source of the Salmonella has not yet been confirmed, but this serotype is commonly associated with eggs or food items containing eggs. The restaurant has cooperated with health officials and conducted the proper disposal of potentially affected food items. No violations in the restaurant have been identified with respect to food handling practices, facilities or employees.
A person infected with Salmonella enteritidis may develop fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea beginning 12 to 72 hours after consuming a contaminated food or beverage. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most person recover without antibiotic treatment. However, the diarrhea can be severe, and the elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems may develop a more severe illness requiring hospitalization.