E. coli outbreak in San Diego linked to restaurant

E. coli outbreak in San Diego | Credits: Google Images
E. coli outbreak in San Diego | Credits: Google Images

Washington DC, United States: The San Diego Health Department has verified a Shiga-toxin-producing E. Coli outbreak with 13 confirmed or probable cases associated with a restaurant in San Diego, California.

The information was shared by the health department through a news release, according to which these newly registered cases were reported from dining at Miguel’s Cocina in 4S Ranch, a locale of San Diego County.

The official data has revealed that the major infection was reported among the ages ranging from six (6) to 87 years old. According to the health authorities, the affected people or families reportedly ate at Miguel’s Cocina location between October 6 and October 18.

Reportedly, the symptoms were seen in them in the samples collected between October 13 and October 19.

The health department has reported that seven people ended up in the hospital, with one person experiencing a severe complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. This syndrome can affect a person’s kidneys and blood clotting functions.

The health department is currently investigating the specific food items that were the source of the E. coli bacteria traced back to Miguel’s Cocina. The restaurant is actively cooperating with San Diego County officials and has voluntarily decided to shut its doors until they can identify the source of the outbreak.

Restaurant visit from San Diego County Environmental Health inspectors

According to the reports shared by the health department, the location was surveyed by the inspectors of San Diego County Environmental Health on Monday. However, according to the results by the inspectors, there were no “operational major risk factors for foodborne illness identified.”

E. coli | Credits: BBC

Symptoms of E. coli

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have underscored some common symptoms of the bacteria E. coli. As per the details shared by the Centre, this bacteria is found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals.

It is to be noted that some strains of the bacteria are harmful, whereas some are harmless.

Symptoms outlined by the Centre are as follows, although they change from person to person.

• Severe stomach cramps

• Diarrhea (often bloody)

• Vomiting

According to the experts, some people may experience fever and can heal within five to seven days.

Overview by the World Health Organisation

E. coli, biologically known as Escherichia coli, is most commonly found in the intestines of humans and other warm-blooded animals. According to health experts, the bacteria spread after the consumption of contaminated foods or raw vegetables. It is to be highlighted that in some cases, infections can be mild and in some, they can be life-threatening, including Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). This strain is proven to cause severe foodborne disease.

Shinga-toxins

STEC (Shiga toxin-producing E. coli) is a type of bacteria that can make toxins, which are like poisons, similar to those produced by another harmful bacteria called Shigella dysenteriae. STEC can grow and survive in various temperature conditions, ranging from 7°C to 50°C, with its favorite temperature being around 37°C. Some types of STEC can even survive in acidic foods with a low pH of 4.4 and in foods with very little water.

To make sure STEC doesn’t harm you, it’s crucial to cook your food thoroughly until every part reaches a high temperature of 70°C or more. Among the various types of STEC, E. coli O157:H7 is the most concerning when it comes to public health. Still, there are other kinds of STEC that have also been involved in isolated cases and outbreaks.

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