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Unknown Illness Sickens Large Number In Robertson County

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by Marcus Washington

GREENBRIER, Tenn. - More than 80 school employees and dozens more in Greenbrier are dealing with a mysterious illness.

Thursday, Greenbrier's Mayor Billy Wilson told NewsChannel 5 his phones would not stop ringing with news of the sickness.

A large number of people living in the city, including Wilson's wife, have been bitten by some type of bug and it's spreading quickly.

"Nausea, vomiting, feel sick at your stomach, diarrhea, back pain, body pain; so it's all the same symptoms that they're getting, "said the mayor.

The first signs of the illness came when more than 40 employees at four of Greenbrier's schools complained of feeling sick after eating food.

"It happened during a professional development day when a business partner of our school system purchased food and sent it into the school for the teachers and staff to consume," said Robertson County director of schools Mike Davis.

He said none of the food was prepared at the school or by school employees, but delivered by a chain restaurant in the city.

NewsChannel 5 learned that the illness is not limited to Greenbrier schools employees.

A number of people throughout the city have complained about vomiting and diarrhea.

The Robertson County Health Department and the Tennessee State Health Department are investigating this case and while they won't say the particular restaurant in question, they are taking this investigation very seriously.

"People were calling in a panic wanting me to shut this particular restaurant down. We have been in contact with the health department and they are still going to investigate it," said Mayor Wilson.

Right now it's not clear if these rashes of illnesses are from a virus or from contaminated food.

"I just ask people to not panic and don't jump the gun on this," Mayor Wilson pleaded.

Anyone feeling sick is advised by the Tennessee State Health Department spokesperson to contact your health care provider. 

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