Diners sickened at area restauarant


Staff Writer

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Nash County Health Department has issued an alert to customers who have recently dined at El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant at 1296 N. Wesleyan Blvd.

The department received numerous reports of stomach illness from patrons who ate at the restaurant on or after Oct. 25, according to a press release from the department. Some patrons reported symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and headache, the release said.

County health officials are asking that anyone who ate or drank at the restaurant on or after Oct. 22 report any illness involving vomiting or diarrhea to the health department at 459-9819 or 446-0027.

The department is working with state and local partners to investigate the cause of this outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. The owners of the restaurant have also been working with public health officials to ensure the health and safety of patrons. 

The health department’s Environmental Health staff said they have not identified any improper food handling practices at the restaurant and have not yet identified the exact source of the illness.

Jerome Garner, the department’s public health education specialist, offered some general advice in the release. 

“The health department advises to wash your hands before preparing food, eating and after going to the restroom. It is important to remain home while ill, especially if you are a food employee, child-care or health-care worker,” he said.

The health department also encourages people who are affected by the illness to see their physician if symptoms continue or become worse.  Elderly people, small children and people who are immunocompromised may be at risk for more severe symptoms.