ELKO – 17 suspected cases of salmonella have been reported in Elko this week according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
The grid at Gold Dust West is the supposed source of the disease, the public information officer Martha Framsted confirmed in an email.
"Division employees have been on site at the facility since Monday, March 1
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approx. 23,000 people in the United States each year with Salmonella. The Agency has reported as many as 450 deaths over a year.
Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps that begin 12 to 72 hours after infection. The disease can last up to a week. Most people regain treatment.
"This is an ongoing study, and I will provide additional information as the investigation continues," Framsted said.
John East, Chief Operating Officer of Jacobs Entertainment, who owns Gold Dust West, confirmed that the company is working with health officials to find the cause of the problem.
"We work with the health department to identify the possible products and causes," East said. "The health department's preliminary study gave no cause for Gold Dust West [employees’] food product handling."
According to the East, the current focus of the study is on suppliers and retailers of food.  "The health department asked us to remove eggs from the menu and we have complied with it," he said.