With the number of people reporting symptoms from the salmonella outbreak in Camden rising to 272 Friday, DHEC is faced with its largest food-borne illness investigation in recent state history.

State health officials will work over the weekend to determine the source of salmonella at the Old South Restaurant, according to Missy Reese, spokesperson for DHEC’s Wateree Health District. The state Department of Health and Environmental Control set up four hot lines for people who might have been sickened by the outbreak.

The death of Lugoff resident James Arledge, 58, also has been linked to the outbreak, which affected people who ate at the Camden restaurant May 19 through Sunday, state health officials said. The number of hospitalizations was at 50 by Friday.