The Nevada Department of Health Concludes Their Investigation on the Elko Casino Salmonella Outbreak
The salmonella outbreak associated with the Elko casino has been officially concluded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
The Nevada Department of Health first announced the salmonella outbreak after the Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital reported numerous illnesses, salmonellosis, occurring between March 8 and 11. They initially reported 12 cases of salmonella. According to state officials, at the time that the outbreak was announced, 5 of the affected people reported eating sunny side eggs at The Grille at Gold Dust West. The Nevada Department of Health later reported that 29 confirmed and 9 probable cases of salmonella were linked to the eggs that were served at the Elko casino restaurant.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state environmental officials worked together to test the egg samples provided by the restaurant, but all 107 samples tested negative for salmonella. This is not unusual, says Food Poisoning Lawsuit Lawyer Tony Coveny, given the high turnover of product between the time illnesses are reported and the time investigators arrive “on the ground” investigating a particular restaurant. The egg samples tested by the FDA and state officials were received by the restaurant on March 8, 2019. The eggs that were served to the reported case of salmonella, which had already been served and consumed, were received by the restaurant in the date range of March 1st and 5th.
The Department of Health officials stated that although food samples were negative, analysis from the case-control study showed statistical significance for the American Breakfast meal served at the restaurant, which included three eggs served any style. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services concluded their report on the salmonella outbreak by stating:
“The results from the case-control study coupled with the binomial analysis shows strong epidemiologic evidence of eggs being the potential source of infection.”
Brian Cloud, General Manager for Gold Dust West, stated: “We were glad the health department issued the report, they found no problems in the handling of our products or the kitchen environment.” According to the Department of Health, official’s the restaurant owner Jacobs Entertainment offered full cooperation to identify possible products and causes of the outbreak.
Meanwhile, the National Food Poisoning Lawsuit Lawyers at Ron Simon & Associates are working to identify the source of the initial Salmonella contamination on behalf of victims of the Elko Casino Salmonella outbreak.