ELKO – Seventeen suspected cases of Salmonella have been reported to Elko this week, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
Gold Dust West's Grille is the suspected source of the disease, the public information officer Martha Framsted confirmed in an e-mail.
"The division's staff has been present at the facility since Monday 1
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 23,000 people are hospitalized in the United States each year with Salmonella. The agency reported 450 deaths over the course of a year.
Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps starting 12 to 72 hours after infection. The disease can last up to a week. Most people recover with treatment.
"This is an ongoing investigation and I will provide more information as the investigation proceeds," Framsted said.
John East, chief operating officer of Jacob's Entertainment, which owns Gold Dust West, confirmed that the company is working with health officials to find out the source of the problem.
"We are working with the health department to identify possible products and causes," East said. "The preliminary investigation of the health department did not produce any cause related to the handling of gold-based foodstuffs [employees’].
According to East, the current objective of the inquiry is on suppliers and suppliers of food.  "The health department asked us to remove the eggs from the menu and we held on," he said.