October 27, 2016

Burma Superstar E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Final Report

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) has released its draft report on the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak at the Burma Superstar restaurant in that city in August 2013. Eight cases of lab-conformed E. coli infections in unrelated San Francisco residents were tested with PFGE, to identify the outbreak strain of the bacteria. SFDPH interviewed case-patients with a detailed questionnaire, which identified a common restaurant: the Burma Superstar. Patients visited the restaurant on August 16 and 17, 2013. A total of 22 confirmed and probable case-patients were identified. Thirteen of those patients met the suspect case definition. Initially, investigators looked at a garlic noodle dish, but the specific ingredient that caused the infections was not identified. Illness onset … [Read more...]

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. “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 … [Read more...]

Burma Superstar Scored Well on Inspections Before E. coli Outbreak

The Burma Superstar restaurant in San Francisco that is at the center of a city and state E. coli investigation has had a history of mostly low-risk food safety violations, according to a review of health department inspection documents by Food Poisoning Bulletin. One person has been hospitalized in the outbreak for a life-threatening case of HUS kidney failure and a total of 14 ill people are considered case patients. Food poisoning investigators for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health are trying to pinpoint the cause, but nine of the outbreak victims reportedly ate at Burma Superstar in mid-August before falling ill. The City and County of San Francisco's  Environmental Health inspection findings show only one high-risk … [Read more...]

Burma Superstar E. coli Outbreak Probed in San Francisco

At least 14 people have been sickened in San Francisco with E. coli O157:H7, including nine who ate at the popular Burma Superstar restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood earlier this month. The E. coli outbreak, now under investigation by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and California Department of Public Health, prompted owner Desmond Tan to close the establishment for Labor Day weekend. At least one person has been hospitalized with kidney failure from a life-threatening complication of toxic E. coli infection known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. According to health department records, the investigation was first announced earlier this week with a public health alert that eight cases of presumptive Escherichia coli O157 had been reported, with one … [Read more...]

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