Union County’s public health division is investigating a Dunkin’ Donuts in Monroe where people apparently have been getting ill, the county announced Saturday.
Since Feb. 10, six employees at the shop at 2570 W. Roosevelt Blvd., and another six people who live with employees, have suffered from a gastrointestinal illness, according to the county Department of Human Services. The most common reported symptoms have been diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite, the release said.
At least one person had to go to the hospital, said Richard Matens, the county’s human services executive director.
Union County is working with the N.C. Division of Public Health in the investigation, and the State Laboratory of Public Health is conducting tests. The microorganism causing the illnesses hasn’t been identified yet, the county said.
The county has asked that anyone who has had a gastrointestinal illness since Jan. 31 after visiting or eating at that Dunkin’ Donuts, or being in close contact with an employee, call their medical provider and also call the county’s Division of Public Health at 704-296-4813.