• First Lawsuits Filed Over Shigella (diarrhea shit in the food...) Outbr

    From Tyler@21:1/5 to All on Mon Oct 26 10:07:59 2015
    XPost: alt.food.safety, alt.food.mexican-cooking

    Two lawsuits were filed today against the owners of a San Jose
    Mexican restaurant where the food has made nearly 100 people ill
    and left 24 people with confirmed cases of Shigella, a
    contagious diarrhoeal disease.

    There are 93 cases connected with Mariscos San Juan restaurant
    #3, located at 205 N. Fourth St., which has been closed since
    Sunday morning, county deputy health officer Dr. George Han said
    during a news briefing this morning.

    Two separate lawsuits by Rains Lucia Stern, PC, in San Francisco
    and Marler Clark, a Seattle, Washington-based firm specializing
    in food-borne illness litigation, were filed in Santa Clara
    County Superior Court on behalf of Daniel Estrada and Gregory
    Meissner, two victims who caught Shigella after eating at the

    Both lawsuits alleging negligence were filed against the
    restaurant’s owners, Sergio Becerra Cruz and Lourdes Garcia

    A dozen people who were sent to an intensive care unit have
    either been discharged or moved to other parts of the hospitals
    where they’re being treated, Han said.

    Laboratory tests have confirmed 24 of the cases are Shigella and
    the county is continuing to receive results to find out if
    others have the disease, Han said.

    A majority of the cases involve people who ate at the restaurant
    on Friday or Saturday and required hospitalization, according to

    Meissner ate a ceviche tostada and the following morning he
    experienced symptoms including chills, diarrhea and dizziness,
    according to the suit. Meissner was transported Saturday evening
    to O’Connor Hospital’s Emergency Department in San Jose where he
    was treated and then discharged early the next day, the suit

    Estrada ate at the restaurant on Saturday and two days later
    experienced “severe gastrointestinal symptoms,” leading him to
    visit his doctor on Tuesday, according to the suit. He was taken
    to Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose where he was cared for
    under isolation and discharged that same day, the suit states.

    Both men continue to suffer from the effects of the disease,
    according to the lawsuits. The complaints allege the owners were
    negligent in making and selling the food and supervising their
    employees in preparing the products.

    The suits seek an amount to be determined at a jury trial for
    damages including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional

    County public health officials first learned about the illnesses
    on Saturday and are also receiving reports of secondary
    infections linked with the restaurant but Han did not have
    numbers on those cases.

    Han stressed the importance of hand washing with soap and water
    to prevent the spread of Shigella.

    Investigators are still looking into how the outbreak started.
    In the past Shigella has spread through an ill food handler who
    partially or didn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom,
    Han said.

    Santa Cruz County is also investigating five suspected cases of
    Shigella that were reported Monday, county health officer Dr.
    Lisa Fernandez said.

    Symptoms of the disease include sudden onset of diarrhea that in
    some cases contain blood, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting, he
    said. People can be come infected with a small amount of
    Shigella bacteria, Han said.

    The restaurant has two other locations on Willow Street near
    state Highway 87 and on Senter Road near Kelley Park that remain

    Michael Balliet, director of the consumer protection division at
    the Department of Environmental Health, called on food facility
    managers to discuss proper hygiene with employees and to make
    sure any sick workers stay off the job.

    Before the restaurant can reopen, the county has to complete its
    investigation into the outbreak and follow protocol including
    decontaminating the eatery and making sure all employees are
    symptom-free, Balliet said.

    --Bay City News

    http://patch.com/california/santacruz/first-lawsuits-filed-over- shigella-outbreak

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