Number of people who got sick after eating at hotel now up to 26
The landmark Charlottetown Hotel is among the 10 properties being sold by Rodd Hotels and Resorts. The sale will also include the Crowbush Cove, Brudenell and Mill River resorts. Guardian photo by Heather Taweel
The number of people affected by the gastrointestinal illness that occured at the Rodd Charlottetown in late August has now risen to 26.
After reports were released from the Department of Health and Wellness on Tuesday of 22 people being ill after eating meals at the Rodd Charlottetown, they received four more calls and confirmed the number of people who got sick is now at 26.
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Lamont Sweet said the illnesses happened between Aug. 20-26.
“Three groups became ill with people reporting nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Two of these groups were at the dinner theatre on Aug. 20 and 24 and the other was a catering event at noon time on Aug. 26.”
Sweet said people who reported the illness were better within 36 hour afer the symptoms started. There were no admissions to hospital but one person was seen by a physician.
The Department of Health and Wellness was unable to get any stool samples.
“We don’t really know what the bug was, whether it was a bacteria or a virus that caused the problem,” Sweet said.
They were able to run food histories on a number of the people who ate at the hotel.
“As a result of those we suspect the cold salads that were served were the root of the problem,” said Sweet.
Sweet confirmed that the hotel has since removed cold salads from their menu.
“There was also a review of food preparation, food handling and sanitation practiced by the hotel, and so far we’ve not gotten any definite bacteria or virus in the food that was eaten there,” he said. “We may not get an exact cause of what it was at this stage.”
The Rodd Charlottetown did not want to comment on the matter, but did confirm they have passed health and safety regulations and have removed cold salads from their menu.
Sweet said it is common to get phone calls about people who think they have a gastrointestinal illness.
“We get these viruses that circulate in the community all the time so there is diarrhea and vomiting going most of the time,” he said.
“We also have some where it is suspected to be food poisoning, where the symptoms can be the same or where somebody has eaten at a particular place and call in and say they ate at that place they suspect it is the food that they ate rather then the stomach flu bug.”
Sweet said the Department of Health and Wellness will continue to monitor the situation and hope that it is over at this stage.