ELKO – 17 suspected cases of salmonella have been reported in Elko this week, according to the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.
The grill at Gold Dust West is the suspected source of the disease, Public Information Manager Martha Framsted is confirmed in an email.
"Division staff has been in place at the facility since Monday, March 1
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 23,000 people in the United States are given Salmonella each year. The agency has reported as many as 450 deaths within one year.
Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps that begin 12 to 72 hours after infection. The disease can be up to one week. Most people recover with treatment.
"This is an ongoing investigation and I will provide additional information as the investigation progresses," said Framsted.
John East, head of Jacobs Entertainment, who owns Gold Dust West, confirmed that the company is working with health officials to discover the source of the problem.
"We work with the ward to identify possible products and causes," East said. "The Health Care Institute's preliminary investigation did not give any reasons related to Gold Dust West [employees’] handling of food products."
According to the east, the current focus of the investigation is on suppliers and suppliers of food products.  "The health department asked us to remove eggs from the menu and we have followed it," he said.