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Gastroenteritis cases goes to 176 from Fager’s Island event

By Brian Gilliland | Nov 30, 2017

(Dec. 1, 2017) The Maryland Health Department confirmed the number of gastroenteritis cases associated with the Nov. 4 “Shell Shocked” event at Fager’s Island has increased to 176 from 164, but no new cases have been reported from the original onset dates between Nov. 4-9.

The health department was on site during another “Shell Shocked” event the following weekend of Nov. 11 to perform a facility check and to ensure no employees who were ill worked the event. No cases from that date have been reported, Brittany Fowler, deputy director of communications of the Maryland Health Department, said.

Fowler said the department is continuing to test and collect samples from people who were sick. The increased number of cases is from reports dating back two weeks, and Fowler said no additional cases have been identified since.

According to WebMD, gastroenteritis occurs when a person’s stomach and intestines are inflamed, likely due to bacterial or viral infection. Symptoms include stomach pain, cramping, fever, nausea and headache, as well as diarrhea and vomiting. Dehydration, caused by the symptoms, is also a concern.

“We are working with the Health Department to determine the cause of last week’s incident, and I can’t speculate on the cause until they arrive at their conclusions. We welcomed their assistance and presence at Saturday’s event, and I assure any attendees or concerned patrons that all regulations have been and will be followed to ensure the proper food safety,” Kevin Myers, general manager of Fager’s Island, said in a release following the event.

Myers said he had no further comment until the health department releases its findings.

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