• Shigella (diarrhea shit in the food...) outbreak shutters South Bay Mex

    From Tyler@21:1/5 to All on Mon Oct 26 12:20:53 2015
    XPost: alt.food.safety, alt.food.mexican-cooking

    Santa Clara County health officials shut down a popular Mexican
    seafood restaurant in downtown San Jose after more than 40
    people came down with food poisoning symptoms linked to the
    extremely infectious bacteria shigella, authorities said.

    Mariscos San Juan restaurant at 205 N. Fourth St. was closed
    Sunday morning and remained shuttered Tuesday after the outbreak
    of the nasty bacteria that causes miserable bouts of fever and

    Of the more than 40 people who have shown symptoms of shigella,
    15 tested positive for the bacteria as of Tuesday and many were
    being treated at hospital intensive care units, said Allison
    Thrash, a spokeswoman for the Santa Clara County Public Health

    Health officials were first alerted to the outbreak when five
    ailing diners — who had all eaten at Mariscos — showed up at
    South Bay hospitals over the weekend with fever and diarrhea.
    Health officers are working to determine where the bacteria
    originated in the restaurant.

    “What we know is everyone who was ill has eaten at that
    restaurant location,” said county Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody.
    “The restaurant is closed until we can be assured that there is
    no further risk to the public.”

    Most of the ill patients had eaten at the restaurant on Friday
    or Saturday, and many were admitted to hospitals. Some patients
    toughed it out and did not seek medical attention, officials

    County health officials suspect there may be several more cases
    and urge anyone who has recently eaten at Mariscos and is having
    symptoms of shigella to notify the public health department or
    to see a doctor.

    Shigella is an infectious bacteria that causes watery or bloody
    diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and malaise. It is often spread
    by eating food prepared by someone carrying the bacteria, or by person-to-person contact.

    The illness typically lasts about a week, though untreated
    people may carry the bacteria for up to six weeks, health
    officials said. Treatment with antibiotics can shorten the time
    a person carries shigella.

    The bacteria is the third most common cause of bacterial
    gastroenteritis in the country behind salmonella and E. coli,
    according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Hundreds of thousands of cases are reported each year in the
    United States, and though the symptoms can be severe, deaths
    from the bacteria are rare.

    People who think they may have been infected can contact the
    Santa Clara County Public Health Department at (408) 885-4214.

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Shigella-outbreak-shutters- San-Jose-Mexican-6579145.php

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