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PRO/AH/EDR> Salmonellosis - USA (11): (TX) restaurant

SALMONELLOSIS - USA (11): (TEXAS) RESTAURANT
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Date: Fri 7 Sep 2018
Source: KSAT [edited]
<https://www.ksat.com/news/60_-people-reported-sick-following-foodborne-illness-outbreak-at-pasha>


The number of people reporting getting sick at the Wurzbach Road
location of Pasha Mediterranean Grill has increased.

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District released the latest
figures Friday afternoon, 7 Sep 2018, showing 255 reports of people
getting ill, far more than the initial estimate of 60-plus cases since
5 Sep 2018. 12 people have been hospitalized. Officials said they have
laboratory evidence of salmonellosis for 14 of the 255 people. Others
are still being tested.

Metro Health reports that it has received at least 200 calls so far,
and more are expected from those who believe they may have been
affected. They are being urged to call 311 to report their illness so
that Metro Health can confirm and track those cases. They're also
advised to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to avoid
becoming dehydrated and having to go to the hospital. The medical
community is being told to test for salmonellosis if their patients
complain of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

Dr. Colleen Bridger, Metro Health director, said although the agency
knows that salmonellosis is the culprit, "We don't know where it came
from, food handlers, or whether it came from the food that was being
served, or both." She said salmonella bacteria are the result of food
that is not properly stored, prepared, or served at the right
temperature. She said it also can be spread if the food handler or
server is sick and doesn't properly wash their hands.

Bridger said her inspectors have been at the restaurant every day this
week, working with the restaurant management and its staff. "The
restaurant has been extremely willing to work with us," Bridger said.
"They've done everything we've asked them to do." After it was found
the restaurant's refrigeration wasn't cold enough, she said it was
closed briefly until refrigerators reached the proper temperature.

Bilal Deiri, Pasha's director of operations, said that inspectors have
been "walking us through the process, advising us of all we should do,
how to handle everything." He said none of their 3 other locations
experienced any problems, and this is the 1st time in the restaurant's
10-year history that this has come up. Deiri said he and other
employees are eating the food they prepare to see what effect it will
have, but so far, he said, everyone's fine.

Deiri said he is still very concerned about the welfare of those who
fell ill after eating at the Wurzbach location.

Bridger said Metro Health's job is to reduce the risk to the
establishment and "get them through this as quickly as possible to
avoid more people from getting sick."

[Byline: Jessie Degollado & Japhanie Gray]

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[The specific serotype of _S. enterica_ and the food vehicle are not
yet known in this significant restaurant-related outbreak. - Mod.LL

HealthMap/ProMED map available at:
Texas, United States: <http://healthmap.org/promed/p/245>]

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Salmonellosis, st Mbandaka - USA: breakfast cereal, alert, recall
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Salmonellosis, st I 4,[5,12:b:- - USA (04): kratom, mult. st, FDA
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Salmonellosis, st Typhimurium - USA (04): dried coconut
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Salmonellosis, st I 4,[5,12:b:- - USA (03): kratom, multiple serotypes
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Salmonellosis - USA (03): (IA) chicken salad, alert, recall
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Salmonellosis - USA: frozen coconut, alert, recall
http://promedmail.org/post/20180110.5550279]
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