200 sickened after dining at Vegas restaurant

Friday - 5/10/2013, 6:44pm EDT

MICHELLE RINDELS
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A new report shows 200 people who dined at one of Las Vegas' most popular restaurants about a block off the Strip have reported food poisoning symptoms, making it the largest outbreak southern Nevada health officials have seen in at least a decade.

Sick patrons who dined at Firefly, a tapas restaurant on Paradise Road, in late April hailed from 20 different states and two foreign countries, according to a report released Friday by the Southern Nevada Health District. There are likely many more cases that have gone unreported.

"Usually we think of people who are identified as just the tip of the iceberg," said Linh Nguyen, an epidemiologist with the health district and lead investigator on the case.

Firefly is one of Las Vegas' highest-rated restaurants on the review site Yelp.com, garnering a 4
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