October 20, 2015: Mariscos San Juan Shigella Outbreak – More Than 80 Sickened

Outbreak Update News – According to the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) more than 80 persons have been sickened with gastrointestinal illness symptoms including fever, abdominal pain, and diarrhea following a Shigella outbreak linked to Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3. The Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3 is located at 205 North 4th Street, San Jose, CA. The SCCPHD reported that 15 the illnesses have been laboratory confirmed for the foodborne pathogen, Shigella.

SCCPHD Closes Mariscos San Juan – Restaurant #3

On October 18, 2015, the SCCPHD closed down Mariscos San Juan restaurant #3. According to public health officials it “will remain closed until the safety of the public can be assured. All possible sources of contamination are currently being investigated.”

About Shigella and Shigellosis

Shigella is a type of bacterium that can cause a foodborne illness an referred to as shigellosis. Shigella is transmitted from person to person via the fecal to oral route (poop to mouth). The best defense against Shigella infections 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.

Common examples of how Shigella is spread from person to person include:

• Infected food handlers can contaminate food and beverages if they do not adequately wash their hands with soap and water after using the bathroom;
• Consuming produce grown in sewage contaminated fields;
• Flies, which breed in infected feces and then contaminate food;
• Drinking or swimming in Shigella contaminated water. Water may become contaminated if sewage runs into it, or if someone with shigellosis swims in it.

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)

SCCPHD Advice For Those Who May Have Been Sickened In The Mariscos San Juan Shigella Outbreak

The SCCPHD asks that “if you ate 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.”

Shigella Diagnosis – A Stool Culture Can Confirm Your Infection

Infection with Shigella 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.

For A Free Shigella Lawsuit Case Evaluation Contact The Weinberg Firm

For over 30 years The Weinberg Law Firm has assisted personal injury victims, including those injured in restaurant food poisoning outbreaks. If you suffered shigellosis after eating at the Mariscos San Juan and you would like to learn more about your legal rights, please call The Weinberg Law Firm toll free at 1-877-934-6274. You can also contact our lawyers online by using the “Free Legal Case Evaluation Form” found on this page.

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