The Tarheel Q must be a really popular restaurant to sicken at least 197 customers.
According to North Carolina health types:
- 197 cases of diarrheal illness associated with eating food from Tarheel Q Restaurant have been identified.
- Of these 197, case distribution includes 14 North Carolina counties and 6 states
- Laboratory testing indicates that the BBQ sample and a sample from a patient who became ill during the beginning of the outbreak are both positive for Salmonella The serogroup was found to be Typhimurium. Both samples have the same PFGE pattern (i.e. DNA fingerprint).
- Over 20 additional clinical specimens are pending results at the state lab.