September 21, 2023

Burma Superstar E.coli Outbreak Update

A San Francisco E.coli outbreak that has sickened 14 includes nine people who ate at the Burma Superstar restaurant on August 16 or 17, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH).  There have been no fatalities and no new cases reported since those dates of exposure.

E. coli O157:H7 outbreak“We understand that several customers who dined at our restaurant on or around August 17th were exposed to E coli. We have been informed by the Department of Public Health that this is an isolated incident and we are fully cooperating with their investigation. San Francisco Burma Superstar has been in business for over 17 years, serving hundreds of people everyday and this is the first incident that we have ever had in our history,” restaurant owner Desmond Tan said in a statement.

The restaurant is full has been  fully cooperating with health authorities during the investigation. SFDPH is continuing its investigation, interviewing patients to determine how they may have been exposed.

E. coli is a bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of animals.  Infections occur when people eat food that is contaminated with microscopic amounts of fecal matter. Symptoms of an E. coli infection include bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps and fever. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor

SFDPH reminds everyone: to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after using the bathroom, changing diapers and before preparing food or eating; to cook meats thoroughly; and to wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after touching raw meat.

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