Dozens sickened by apparent food poisoning
November 13, 1997
Web posted at: 4:11 p.m. EST (2111 GMT)
BEAUMONT, Texas (CNN) -- Health officials were looking
Thursday for the source of apparent food poisoning that
sickened more than 70 people attending a National
Interpreters Association conference. None of the cases
appeared to be serious, officials said.
All those who got sick had eaten brunch or lunch on Wednesday
at the Holiday Inn Plaza, said Randy Pemberton of the
Beaumont Health Department. A steady stream of victims
complaining of nausea and vomiting came in to three hospitals
throughout the day.
At least 48 people were treated and released. The rest spent
the night in Beaumont hospitals.
The lunch menu included roast chicken, London broil and
vegetable fettuccine. An emergency room physician at St.
Elizabeth Hospital said health officials were investigating
whether the fettuccine was to blame because vegetarians were
among those who became sick.
The Holiday Inn Plaza has cooperated in the investigation.
The hotel voluntarily stopped food service after the
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