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Biological Hazard – E. coli EHEC strain Outbreak: Illinois, USA

2016/07/17

E. COLI EHEC – USA (22): (ILLINOIS) RESTAURANT
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July 15, 2016
Food Safety News
More sick, 20 hospitalized in Chicago E. coli outbreak

(Excerpt) The number of people sickened in an E. coli outbreak traced to a suburban Chicago restaurant continues to increase, with 65 now confirmed. Twenty of the victims’ symptoms were so severe they were admitted to hospitals.

Public health officials have not yet determined the root cause of the outbreak, which was traced to the Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill location on 26th Street in the suburb of Bridgeport. The restaurant remains closed …
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July 14, 2016
Chicago outbreak count doubles; officials offer scant details

(Excerpt)  An E. coli outbreak in Chicago remains under investigation as more customers of Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill have been added to the victim count.

Although public health officials would not comment on how many of the patients have required hospitalization, they did reveal the outbreak count more than doubled in size in eight days.

“As of Saturday, July 9th, 54 residents have been identified as contracting STEC (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli ) related to this outbreak,” …

[Byline Coral Beach)

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Published Date: 2016-07-15 22:28:48
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> E. coli EHEC – USA (22): (IL) restaurant
Archive Number: 20160715.4345845

Thursday 14 Jul 2016, 2:33 PM
Source: Chicago Tribune [edited]

An outbreak of _E. coli_ at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill has grown to include 65 people who have become ill, more than double the number initially reported by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The restaurant has locations in Bridgeport and on the North Side. The North Side restaurant has been found by city health inspectors to be “safe” and “clean.” The 2 locations share a phone number, and a person answering the phone Thu [14 Jul 2016] morning said the North Side spot is open, and the Bridgeport restaurant remains closed for now.

On 5 Jul 2016, Chicago health officials said the _E. coli_ outbreak affected at least 25 customers and sent at least 5 to the hospital. The health department said the main location in Bridgeport was the outbreak’s “focal point,” but that the North Side restaurant had been “voluntarily closed.” On 9 Jul 2016, the health department said that after inspecting the North Side location, it was “determined that the restaurant was safe, clean and able to meet all requirements for a safe reopening.” As of that day, 54 people had been identified as contracting Shiga toxin-producing _E. coli_ from the outbreak, the department said.

Health department spokesman Matt Smith said on Thu 14 Jul 2016 that 65 cases have been confirmed and tied to Carbon, with 20 people requiring hospitalization.

[Byline: Becky Yerak]

Communicated by:
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[The scope and source of this relatively large outbreak is still unclear. In Mexican cuisine, since many dishes include a variety of produce together, it can be difficult to hone in on a source of the pathogen. – Mod.LL

A HealthMap/ProMED-mail map can be accessed at: http://healthmap.org/promed/p/216.]

See Also

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E. coli EHEC – USA (18): (CO) O157, restaurant 20160614.428461
E. coli EHEC – USA (17): (WA) RFI 20160611.4279449
E. coli EHEC – USA (16): O121, flour, alert, recall 20160602.4261085
E. coli EHEC – USA (15): (CA) possible creek water exposure 20160601.4258822
E. coli EHEC – USA (14) : O121, flour, alert, recall 20160601.4259202
E. coli EHEC – USA (13): (CT) O157, goat farm exposure, RFI 20160408.4146994
E. coli EHEC – USA (12): (CT) O157, goat farm exposure 20160401.4133414
E. coli EHEC – USA (11): O157, goat farm exposure
20160328.4123767
E. coli EHEC – USA (10): O157, goat farm exposure
20160327.4121606
E. coli EHEC – USA (09): goat farm exposure
20160325.4118888
E. coli EHEC – USA (08): O157, dough susp
20160318.4102909
E. coli EHEC – USA (07): (MN,KS) O157, pizza dough susp
20160316.4096967
E. coli EHEC – USA (06): (MN,WI) sprouts
20160224.4047813
E. coli EHEC – USA (05): (CA) O157, unpasteurized milk, alert, recall
20160224.4047551
E. coli EHEC – USA (04): (CA) O157, unpasteurized milk, alert, recall
20160213.4018874
E. coli EHEC – USA (03): (CA) O157, unpasteurized milk, alert, recall
20160210.4006446
E. coli EHEC – USA (02): (TN) O157, ground beef, alert, recall
20160124.3954200
E. coli EHEC – USA: O26, restaurant chain, 2nd genotype, RFI
20160110.3924096

2015
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E. coli O157 – USA (28): commercial chicken salad, celery product recall
20151205.3842045
E. coli EHEC – USA (27): O26, restaurant chain
20151205.3842020
E. coli EHEC – USA (26): O157, commercial chicken salad
20151126.3820817
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E. coli EHEC – USA (24): O157, commercial chicken salad
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20151124.3816554
E. coli EHEC – USA (22): (NV) O157, dessert
20151122.3809129
E. coli EHEC – USA (21): O26, restaurant chain
20151122.3809128
E. coli EHEC – USA (20): (WA, OR) O26, restaurant chain
20151117.3799040
E. coli EHEC – USA (19): (CA) O111, unpasteurized apple juice, alert, recall
20151107.3774944
E. coli EHEC – USA (18): (WA, OR) O26, restaurant chain
20151107.3774942
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