October 1, 2016

At Least 65 Sick in Carbon Live Fire Chicago E. coli Outbreak

At least 65 people are now sick in an E. coli outbreak associated with Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Bridgeport, Illinois according to the Chicago Tribune. The restaurant is closed while public health officials investigate. Twenty of those sickened have been hospitalized because their illnesses are so severe. Officials have not discovered the cause of this outbreak. Public health inspectors have tested many food and environmental samples from the restaurant and have tested staff members. The health department has not posted an update on the outbreak investigation since July 1, 2016. There is no word on any possible source for the pathogenic bacteria. The symptoms of an E. coli infection include a mild fever, severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea that may be bloody or watery. … [Read more...]

Carbon Live Fire Chicago E. coli Outbreak Grows

The E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire has grown to include at least 54 people as of Saturday, July 9, 2016, according to the Chicago Department of Health. At least 15 people have been hospitalized in this outbreak. CDPH released a statement today stating, "After conducting a thorough inspection of Carbon's second location on Marshfield, CDPH's Food Protection Team determined that the restaurant was safe, clean, and able to meet all requirements for a safe reopening." That location was voluntarily closed on Friday July 1, 2016 after an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) was confirmed at the restaurant's other location at 300 W. 26th Street. The main location on 26th street, which is the focus of this outbreak investigation, is still closed. CDPH is … [Read more...]

Lawsuit Filed in E. coli Outbreak at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill

A lawsuit has been filed in connection with the E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Chicago. Attorneys from the national food safety law firm PritzkerOlsen, who have been contacted by five of the 50 who became ill after eating at the restaurant, filed suit on behalf Maria Terese Loparco, a resident of Cook County. The suit was filed today, July 8,  in Cook County Circuit Court (Case No. 2016-L- 006752). On June 25, Loparco ate two chicken tacos and two steak tacos from Carbon, according to the suit. By June 28, she began experiencing chills, stomach cramping, and other flu-like symptoms. By June 30, the gastrointestinal symptoms had worsened to include bloody diarrhea. By the end of the day on June 30, the "diarrhea was pure blood," according to the complaint. … [Read more...]

Carbon E. coli Outbreak: 50 Sick, 14 Hospitalized

The E. coli outbreak linked to Carbon Live Fire Mexican grill has expanded to include 50 people hospitalizing 14 of them, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health. The restaurant, located at 300 W. 26th Street in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, has been closed until the investigation is complete. The food source of the outbreak has not yer been identified. Health officials urge anyone who ate restaurant and develops symptoms of an E. coli infection which include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody, to seek medical attention and mention exposure to shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC).  E. coli infections should not be treated with antibiotics or anti-diarrheal medications as they can worsen symptoms or cause life-threatening … [Read more...]

E. coli at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill Sickens 25 in Chicago Area

An E. coli outbreak at Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill has sickened at least 25 people in the Chicago area, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. At least five people who ate at the restaurant, located at 300 W. 26th Street in the South Side Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, have been hospitalized. Health officials urge anyone who ate restaurant and develops symptoms of an E.coli infection which include abdominal cramping and diarrhea that can be bloody, to seek medical attention and mention exposure to shiga toxin producing E. coli (STEC).  E. coli infections should not be treated with antibiotics or anti-diarrheal medicines as they can worsen symptoms or cause life-threatening complications such as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney failure, seizure, … [Read more...]

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