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Salmonella outbreak linked to Old Town Fort Collins restaurant



Health authorities in Larimer County, Colorado, report on Salmonella outbreak at Mexican restaurant La Luz in Fort Collins Old Town

  Salmonella (red) / National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Salmonella bacteria (red) / National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

So far, six cases have been confirmed and no further cases have been identified. Some of the confirmed cases were hospitalized.

La Luz has worked proactively with the Ministry of Health to identify the cause of the outbreak. First and foremost, La Luz focuses on the safety of its customers and the integrity of its food supply, and wants to prevent as much as possible any further illness. Out of concern for his customers and employees, La Luz has voluntarily closed down until more is known about the outbreak.

Salmonella are bacteria that can cause infections that affect the intestinal tract, urinary tract, bloodstream or other body tissues. Salmonella is often transmitted to humans by eating food. The bacteria can be found in many foods including raw meat, eggs, produce. Salmonella can be spread by sick people who handle food. Some infected individuals are asymptomatic and may unknowingly spread the infection.

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Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramping, vomiting and bloody stool. Symptoms usually occur 6-72 hours after eating contaminated food and usually last 4 to 7 days. In severe cases, symptoms may last longer or require hospitalization.


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