51 ill after eating at Fayetteville brewery and beer garden

Posted at 8:30 AM, Sep 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 09:30:00-04

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Health officials have said they are investigating a currently unidentified outbreak after 51 people reported falling ill after a visit to a Fayetteville restaurant.

Arkansas Department of Health spokeswoman Meg Mirivel said in a release Monday symptoms included diarrhea, vomiting and fever, but there have been no hospitalizations among those who ate at JJ’s Beer Garden and Brewery.

Officials said the illness has generally begun 24 to 36 hours after visiting the restaurant. The department is collecting samples and awaiting laboratory results to determine the pathogen.

State epidemiologist Dirk Haselow noted that many people traveled to Fayetteville Sept. 15 for the North Texas-Razorbacks football game. The department is asking anyone who visited the restaurant since Sept. 13 and experienced symptoms to report the illness.

JJ’s manager Jordan Jones says they are working with the health department to determine what’s happening, but no employees have been sickened.