At least 41 people have come down with salmonella poisoning after eating at an Athens restaurant that’s being investigated by the Athens City-County Health Department. The restaurant is Casa Lopez on East State Street. Health officials are waiting on test results from 15 other cases.
City-County Health Administrator Charles Hammer tells WOUB that nothing has been found to justify the restaurant closing. Hammer also says there’s no need to issue a public warning. The illnesses are reportedly from a single incident that took place the first part of this month.
Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, headache, fever and vomiting. Salmonella is carried in fecal matter and is transmitted by poor hand washing, improper cooking of food and improper food storage.