• Shigella (diarrhea shit in the food...) linked to San Jose restaurant s

    From Tyler@21:1/5 to All on Mon Oct 26 08:05:02 2015
    XPost: alt.food.safety, alt.food.mexican-cooking

    The shigella outbreak has spread to two other Bay Area counties
    after public health officials received additional reports of
    patients who were infected by the bacterial disease linked to a
    San Jose seafood restaurant.

    The San Mateo County Health System confirmed Thursday three
    cases of shigella were linked to the San Jose outbreak. Health
    officials in Santa Cruz County are investigating suspected cases
    of shigella.

    The number of patients who reported symptoms associated with the
    bacterial infection now exceeds 100, county public health
    officials said.

    Santa Clara County health officials say at least 93 cases of
    shigella have been reported to the agency. Of those cases, 24
    were confirmed to be shigellosis, an infectious diarrheal
    disease caused by a group of bacteria called shigella.

    The outbreak started over the weekend when dozens of people
    reported feeling severely ill after eating at Mariscos San Juan
    Restaurant No. 3 in the 200 block of North 4th Street. Many
    patients who ate at the restaurant Friday or Saturday required
    hospitalization, and 12 needed intensive-care treatment.

    The infectious disease spreads when food or water has been
    handled by contaminated hands or an infected person.

    Produce contaminated by human sewage or by contaminated flies
    landing on food can also make people sick, according to the
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flies can breed in
    feces contaminated with shigella.

    Patients infected with shigella usually start to feel sick one
    to two days after they have been exposed. Symptoms of shigella
    include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. The sickness usually
    lasts between five and seven days, but shigella can be fatal in
    patients with severe symptoms.

    Gregory Meissner -- one of two customers who filed lawsuits
    against the restaurant after eating there and becoming ill --
    said he ordered a ceviche tostada Friday and woke up the next
    morning feeling sick. He was hospitalized until Sunday.

    The restaurant has remained closed as health officials
    investigate the outbreak.

    Santa Clara County public health officials said Wednesday that
    they were still receiving reports of shigella cases from
    healthcare providers. Health investigators were interviewing and
    testing the restaurant’s food handlers.

    “People with diarrhea -- even mild -- must not work, especially
    food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare
    workers,” the health department said. “Proper and frequent hand
    washing is very important in preventing continued spread.”

    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shigella-outbreak- spreads-counties-20151022-story.html

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