December 4, 2016

Two Hospitalized in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ajuua’s in Odessa

Two people have been hospitalized in a Salmonella outbreak linked to Ajuua’s Mexican restaurant in Odessa, Texas. As many as 20 others may have been sickened.

The Ector County Health Department began receiving reports of illness on Friday, June 3.  The restaurant has been temporarily closed, but may reopen as soon as tomorrow.

One of the people who was hospitalized told NewsWest9 that she was taken to Medical Center Hospital in Odessa after losing consciousness in the shower. She told the station that she and her friends suspected salsa as the source of illness. Health officials have not yet released information about the potential source of contamination.

The restaurant has been temporarily closed, but may reopen as soon as tomorrow. the owner told NewsWest9.

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and blood in the stool. They usually appear within six to 72 hours of exposure and last about a week. However, some people can become so ill they must be hospitalized.

Long term complications of a Salmonella infection can be serious, including  reactive arthritis, along with high blood pressure and irritable bowel syndrome.

 

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