Suspected food poisoning sickens 35 people at Wedding reception

Posted on August 4, 2015 by


Syracuse, N.Y. – A suspected food poisoning outbreak at a wedding reception Friday night in Brewerton sickened about 35 people, nine of whom were taken by ambulance to hospital emergency rooms.

The private party was at Arrowhead Lodge, an Onondaga County-owned facility at Oneida Shores Park. People can rent the lodge from the county and bring in their own food vendor.

The county and state health departments are investigating and have not yet confirmed if food poisoning caused the outbreak, said Ann Rooney, Onondaga County’s deputy county executive.

The county’s 911 center received some calls about people getting sick at the reception, Rooney said. She said ambulances took nine people to emergency rooms at Crouse, St. Joseph’s and Upstate University Hospitals, and at Cortland Regional Medical Center. Two patients were kept overnight and everyone has been treated and released, she said. Other people at the reception may have driven in their own cars to area emergency rooms, Rooney said.

Six to eight people arrived at Crouse Hospital’s ER at about 10 p.m. Friday, said Bob Allen, a hospital vice president. Their symptoms included diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and cramping.

The county health department began investigating Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon department staff had interviewed 70 of 100 people who attended the event, Rooney said. Half of them reported getting sick at the reception or afterwards, she said.

“Because this was a private party, there was never any threat to the public,” she said.

Rooney would not identify the food vendor because the cause of the outbreak has not been confirmed. Food vendors who cater events at Arrowhead must have a health permit and insurance.

Rooney said she did not know the names of the bride and groom.


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