According to news reports, health officials in Baltimore and Maryland are investigating an outbreak of Foodborne illness to some that attending the Best of Baltimore event. Press reports indicate that the outbreak might be linked to Campylobacter, although victims’ report it may well be Salmonella.
Baltimore Magazine’s Events Director, Macaulay Hammond: “It came to our attention that some people who attended this year’s party experienced an illness in the days after. Because we are unable to definitively identify the cause, we proactively contacted the Department of Health,” Hammond said. “They are currently investigating the situation by surveying the 1,100+ event attendees. Our priority now is to work with the Department of Health, and at the time the investigation is complete, we will be reaching out to those affected directly. We sincerely hope that anyone who has become ill begins feeling better soon.”
On Wednesday, the Baltimore City Health Department also acknowledged the reports of illness after the party: “We have received information regarding a potential outbreak at the Best of Baltimore event,” said Arinze Ifekauche, director of communications with the Baltimore City Health Department. “Investigations are ongoing and we are working closely with the State to find out more. A survey was sent by MDH to event attendees to determine what the source of the illness might be. We encourage everyone who received the survey to complete it—regardless of whether or not they fell ill following the event.”
Chase Cook, a spokesman for MDH, said the Baltimore City Health Department is leading the ongoing investigation into the source of illnesses: “MDH sent out a survey to attendees to gather more information,” said Cook, in part. “We encourage everyone who received the survey to complete it—regardless of whether or not they fell ill following the event.”
Neither public health agency would say how many people have reported falling ill.