Report: As many as 200 sickened by salmonella at Firefly
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Southern Nevada Health District has released the second report related to the salmonella outbreak in April at the popular Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road.
According to the report, 200 people were possibly sickened. Sixteen cases have been confirmed by the health district and another 184 are considered probable.
This is double the most recent number of nearly 100 possible cases.
All of the identified persons ate at the restaurant between April 21 and 26. Those people affected began feeling ill between April 22 and May 1.
Tests determined that most of the patrons probably became ill on April 22 and 23. The incubation period for salmonella is 12 to 36 hours and the onset date with the peak number of ill restaurant patrons was April 26.
According to the report, the health district was not able to pinpoint any one food item as a source. It appears that everyone who became sick ate a number of items on the menu.
In addition, no common factors or ingredients were identified by the health district.
An inspection of the restaurant on April 26 revealed numerous health violations such as food stored at improper temperatures and employees handling food without gloves.
Statement from John Simmons, owner of Firefly:
“We appreciate the diligence and thoroughness of the Southern Nevada Health District throughout this process. We will continue working with them as we implement the recommendations outlined in today’s report – and we already have begun doing just that, including hiring a highly respected food safety and restaurant consultant with more than 25 years experience in the industry. At this time there is no plan to reopen our 3900 Paradise location, as we will be moving forward with our original plan to have our new location at 3824 Paradise opened by the end of the month. Firefly has been a proud member of Southern Nevada for 10 years and we are optimistic that the combination of moving to this new location, that has a kitchen as large as the entire original Firefly restaurant, and the recommended retraining on operations and procedures, will help us regain the confidence of the community. We are greatly appreciative of the tremendous support we have received.”