Illnesses reported following Chincoteague event

ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Heath officials are investigating a cluster of gastro-intestinal illnesses believed to be related to the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook-Off held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Accomack County Health Department and the Foodborne Disease Team from the Virginia Health Department are investigating the cases that may be linked to the event.

Officials are asking all of those who attended the event to come forward, whether sick or well, by responding to an online survey.

Virginia Health Department Official Larry Hill says they received over 250 responses.

10 On Your Side spoke to a woman from Pennsylvania who says she and her husband attended the event. Her husband later tested positive for e-coli and salmonella, she said.

Another woman from Wallops Island, Dawn Hedin, tells 10 On Your Side she missed a week of work due to flu like and gastrointestinal symptoms. She has submitted a sample to the Department of Health and is awaiting the results.

If you attended the event and are ill, you should contact your primary care giver. If you are extremely ill, you should seek assistance from an emergency room.

More information will be provided after they receive tests results from the Division of Consolidated Laboratory Service in Richmond.

Stay tuned to for updates.