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Shigella Outbreak Puts 11 Diners at Restaurant in Intensive Care

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By    |   Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 08:31 AM

An outbreak of  diarrheal shigella linked to a California seafood restaurant has put nearly a dozen people in intensive care and sickened many more.

Eleven people were admitted to hospitals after some kind of contact at the Mariscos San Juan restaurant in downtown San Jose, on either Friday or Saturday, reported KNTV.

Allison Trash, a Santa Clara Public Health Department spokeswoman, told the San Francisco Chronicle that more than 40 people have shown symptoms of shigella with 15 tested positive for the bacteria by Tuesday.

The restaurant has been closed and its license suspended by the health department, said KNTV.  According to Santa Clara County food inspection reports, the restaurant had its permit suspended on Sunday.

"You don't generally see 12 people, a dozen people in ICU even in some of the worst foodborne illness cases," said Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer. "It's medical bills, it's wages lost, and then obviously you may have long-term complications."

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department issued a statement on Tuesday about the outbreak, saying that an investigation was underway and that other people who may have been affected are being sought.

"Our top priority is to protect the public from any further illnesses and to identify the source of the contamination," said Jim Blamey, director of the county's department of environmental health. "Our specialists have inspected all cooking and safety processes at the restaurant, and are working with the owner and staff to educate them on safe food handling practices."

County officials said shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by a group of bacteria called shigella. Symptoms of shigellosis can occur one or two days after exposure and would include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

"We urge anyone who is ill to seek medical care and to take steps to not spread the infection further," said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County's public health director. "Meticulous hand washing by those who are sick is critical."


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