Fayetteville, NC -- State and local health officials are investigating a food-borne disease outbreak affecting more than 50 people in Fayetteville.
Health officials are worried cases from a salmonella outbreak traced to a Fayetteville hotel may spread nationwide.
Officials are cautioning anyone who might have visited the Holiday Inn Bordeaux and Conference Centre restaurants at 1707 Owen Drive since May 1 might have been exposed to Salmonella.
The Health Department says, as of May 17, 51 people have been affected by the disease.
Five people were sent to a hospital because of their symptoms, public health officials confirmed.
Any local residents who consumed food or drinks from the All American Sports Bar and Grill and the Cafe Bordeaux should call their local health department.
Investigators have not determined which food was contaminated.
Some of the symptoms of Salmonella include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and many people who catch it recover without treatment. In some cases, patients do need to be hospitalized to prevent severe and sometimes fatal complications.
The elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.