July 19, 2018

Investigation of Ambassador Restaurant E. coli Outbreak Ongoing

The investigation into the outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 in the Ambassador restaurant in Michigan that was reported last week is ongoing. At least seven people became ill in late December and four were hospitalized.

The source was likely a food handler who was ill. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department would like anyone who ate at the restaurant in late December 2011 or early January this year, and suffered food poisoning symptoms such as vomiting and bloody diarrhea, to contact them.

E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria can cause serious and fatal infections, especially in the young, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with chronic health issues and compromised immune systems. Patients develop Hemolytic uremic syndrome about 8 percent of the time. This condition can cause kidney failure.

Restaurant management is responsible for ensuring the safety of the food customers eat.

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