Edgecombe County Health Department

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Suspected Gastrointestinal Illness

This public announcement is to notify the community of a suspected gastrointestinal illness. We have been advised that the Nash County Health Department has received numerous reports of stomach illness from patrons who ate at El Tapatio on or after Monday, October 22, 2018 and are working with state and local partners to investigate. Patrons are reporting symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills, and headache.

Both health departments advise hand washing before preparing food, eating, and after going to the restroom. If ill, it is important to remain at home, especially if you are a food employee, childcare or healthcare worker. If you experience the above symptoms, and they continue or become worse, be sure to see your doctor immediately, especially if you are elderly, immunocompromised, or a small child. These individuals may be at-risk for severe symptoms.

If you ate or drank at El Tapatio restaurant, located at 1296 N. Wesleyan Blvd., in Rocky Mount, NC, on or after Monday, October 22, 2018, and became ill with vomiting or diarrhea, please call the Edgecombe County Health Department at 252-641-7505.


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Flu Shots now available!! Walk-in to get your flu shot -
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm at both locations - Tarboro & Rocky Mount

Take time to get a flu vaccine
  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component.
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Flu vaccination also has been shown to significantly reduce a child’s risk of dying from influenza.
  • Also, there are data to suggest that even if someone gets sick after vaccination, their illness may be milder.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October. Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • For the 2018-2019 flu season, CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older with any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine (inactivated, recombinant or nasal spray flu vaccines) with no preference expressed for any one vaccine over another.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
  • Infants younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. Studies have shown that flu vaccination of the mother during pregnancy can protect the baby after birth from flu infection for several months. People who live with or care for infants should be vaccinated.
SOURCE: www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm
Mission of the Health Department 

We exist to serve all citizens in the prevention of disease and injury through protection, promotion, and delivery of quality, cost-effective services for community, personal, and environmental health.

Karen W. Lachapelle, MAEd
Health Director

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