BOONE, N.C. -- Health officials is Watauga County confirm a salmonella outbreak has spread among patrons of a Boone restaurant.

Five cases are confirmed but nine people have presented symptoms. No one has been hospitalized. The Appalachian District Health Department says all of them ate at Proper Restaurant on South Water Street one to three days before getting sick.

Symptoms of illness include: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea, and sometimes vomiting. All share something in common -- they ate at the same food establishment, Proper Restaurant, one to three days before becoming ill.

Health Director Beth Lovette says the department is still looking into the source and the restaurant is cooperating.

In the mean time, anyone who ate food or drank beverages from Proper Restaurant on or after Saturday, May 17, and started having diarrhea within three days of eating or drinking to call the department at 828-264-6635.

Patients should stay hydrated and seek medical care.

Anyone who calls after hours or on the weekend should stay on the line to be connected to our on-call staff.

The Health Department advises meats and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating, only consuming products that have been pasteurized and thoroughly washing hands after dealing with animals, before eating or preparing foods for others, and after using the restroom. All of those tips will prevent further spread of the illness.

Ill people need to make sure they are staying hydrated and should seek medical care from their private doctor, urgent care or emergency room if their diarrhea and/or vomiting symptoms don t improve.

The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In some cases, the person must be treated with antibiotics.

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