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Health officials call Firefly one of the worst salmonella outbreaks

Reported by: Christine Kim
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Updated: 5/03/2013 9:09 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & AP) -- Health officials call it the worst salmonella outbreak in a decade after sickening nearly 90 people who ate at a popular east side restaurant.

Today the owner of Firefly on Paradise is speaking out for the first time since the food inspection report came out. News 3's Christine Kim has the report.

Health district officials say nearly 90 people have reported symptoms after an outbreak of salmonella at one of Las Vegas' most popular restaurants.

Officials with the Southern Nevada Health District said Thursday that at least 86 people reported getting sick after eating at the Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road, up from the 39 reported earlier this week. Authorities say at least 12 were hospitalized.

The restaurant was shuttered Friday and remains closed while health officials investigate the source.

An inspection Friday counted 44 demerits, including food stored at improper temperatures and employees handling food without gloves.

Salmonella can come from contaminated food and can be transmitted through poor hygiene.

Firefly owner John Simmons said the restaurant is pleased the investigation is moving forward and is eager to make things right.

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