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Health officials: 200 reported sick in Firefly Salmonella outbreak

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Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road. (File/FOX5) Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The owner of a Las Vegas eatery at the center of a Salmonella outbreak said Friday he does not plan to reopen the restaurant at its current location.

Firefly restaurant owner John Simmons said in a statement that he will move forward with plans to move the eatery from 3900 Paradise Road to 3824 Paradise by the end of the month.

"We are optimistic that the combination of moving to this new location that has a kitchen as large as the entire original Firefly restaurant and the recommended retraining on operations and procedures will help us regain the confidence of the community," Simmons said in a statement released Friday.

Simmons' announcement came shortly after health officials updated the number of people affected in the Salmonella outbreak to 200.

The Southern Nevada Health District released the updated number as part of a second interim report in the health inspection of Firefly restaurant on Paradise Road.

An initial report put the number of people affected by the outbreak to 89. The new number comprises 196 patrons and four employees.

SNHD said the people stricken with foodborne illness dined at the restaurant during a period of time including April 21-26.

Among those who got sick are Steve Ranieri and Tyra Ellis. Both are filing lawsuits against Firefly's owner.

Ranieri has Crohn's disease and said he was bedridden for days.

"I've never felt sicker in my life," said Ranieri. "I've told my girlfriend I've never been this sick ever."

Ellis said she no longer wants to eat out.

"My stomach was burning, then the nausea and the vomiting," said Ellis. "I got so dehydrated I had to go to the emergency room twice. I feel betrayed because you trust them not to get sick from eating their food, so it was really hurtful."

Health inspectors cited the restaurant for 44 demerits connected to improperly stored food in inadequate temperatures, according to the report.

As of Friday, Firefly has remained closed since the weekend of April 28.

Full statement from Firefly owner John Simmons

"We appreciate the diligence and thoroughness of the Southern Nevada Health District throughout this process. We will continue working with them as we implement the recommendations outlined in today's report – and we already have begun doing just that, including hiring a highly respected food safety and restaurant consultant with more than 25 years experience in the industry. At this time there is no plan to reopen our 3900 Paradise location, as we will be moving forward with our original plan to have our new location at 3824 Paradise opened by the end of the month. Firefly has been a proud member of Southern Nevada for 10 years, and we are optimistic that the combination of moving to this new location, that has a kitchen as large as the entire original Firefly restaurant, and the recommended retraining on operations and procedures, will help us regain the confidence of the community. We are greatly appreciative of the tremendous support we have received."

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