October 22, 2015: Mariscos San Juan Outbreak – 141 Illnesses

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) reported that as of October 22, 2015, a total of 141 illnesses have been linked to the Mariscos San Juan outbreak. One hundred eighteen of those sickened are residents of Santa Clara County, and the remaining 23 outbreak victims reside in other counties. Of the 141 reported cases, 49 are laboratory confirmed for Shigella infection, including 35 confirmed cases from Santa Clara County, and 14 confirmed cases from San Mateo County, Alameda County and Santa Cruz Counties.

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Public Health Officials Continue To Investigate The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

SCCPHD is working with public health officials from the California Department of Public Health and multiple county health departments to investigate the outbreak. All Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 food handlers are being tested for Shigella infection. Laboratory test results are expected next week.

The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street in San Jose. For now the restaurant remains closed.

About Shigella

Shigella is a type of bacterium that can cause a gastrointestinal illness referred to as shigellosis, or Shigella food poisoning. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route (poop to mouth). The best defense against Shigella is good hygiene including thorough hand washing with soap and water. Persons with Shigella or food poisoning symptoms should not handle food and beverages for others. Childcare workers and healthcare providers should not work if they are experiencing symptoms.

CDC Safety Tip – To learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from infections see the CDC’s advice on proper hand washing “Handwashing – Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Shigella Symptoms and Complications

Shigellosis symptoms may include watery diarrhea; blood, mucus, or pus in stool; fever; abdominal pain or cramping; nausea and vomiting; tenesmus (straining to have bowel movements); and malaise. Symptoms may appear within 8 hours to as late as 2 days after consuming Shigella contaminated food, water, or beverages. Some individuals who are infected may have no symptoms at all, yet they may still pass the bacteria to others.

Uncomplicated cases of shigellosis usually resolve in 5-7 days. While the illness is often mild, the elderly, young children, and immunocompromised may be more likely to develop severe complications including, rectal bleeding, mucosal ulceration, and/or diarrhea and dehydration. Shigella can be very serious and in rare cases the infection can be fatal.

Complications of shigellosis can also include Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), or Reiter’s Syndrome (reactive arthritis)

What You Can Do If You were Sickened In The Mariscos San Juan Outbreak

Santa Clara County Public Health Department Advice

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate at Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 (205 N. 4th Street in San Jose) on Friday or Saturday, October 16th or 17th, 2015, and you had sudden onset of diarrhea and fever within 1-2 days after eating there, please seek medical attention so that you can be tested and, if your symptoms are severe, receive treatment.”

Health officials also cautioned that people with diarrhea must not work, especially food service workers, healthcare providers, and childcare workers. Thorough, frequent hand washing is the best defense against infection and spreading the disease.

Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Shigella Food Poisoning

Shigella infection is diagnosed by a stool culture, a laboratory test that can detect the bacterium in the stool of an infected person. A stool culture can be ordered by your doctor if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.

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