Doctor's offices and emergency rooms in Bartow County have been seeing a lot of people with symptoms of food-borne illness. They are complaining of upset stomach, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Almost all of the patients say they attended a catered event at Toyo Tire in Cartersville.
Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District environmental health specialist and epidemiologists are looking into the outbreak. The cause of the outbreak has not yet been confirmed.
Logan Boss with the Georgia Department of Public Heath says they are not sure how many people have gotten sick.
"This could be a multi-county event, a lot people work at Toyo Tire from this region," says Boss.
He says there may have been some hospitalizations from the outbreak.
He encourages those seeing symptoms of food-borne illness to see a doctor. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include:
- Upset stomach
- Stomach cramps
After consuming contaminated food or drink, it may take hours or days before symptoms start to develop.
Most people have only mild illnesses, lasting a few hours to several days. However, some develop severe illness requiring hospitalization, and some illnesses result in long-term health problems or even death.