October 26, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak in Illinois Sickens 12

A Salmonella outbreak in Bloomington, IL has sickened 12 people, some of whom became ill after eating at McDonald’s, according to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD). Health authorities have ruled out food as a source of the outbreak and suspect that illness was transmitted by restaurant employees who showed up for work sick. The McDonald’s restaurant on South Main Street in Bloomington, which voluntarily closed during the investigation, tested its 60 employees for the outbreak strain Salmonella Stanley. All samples collected from surface-testing in the establishment were free of Salmonella. The restaurant is reopening with condensed hours and staffed with employees who test results are clear. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause severe illness if ingested. Symptoms of … [Read more...]

Lab Tests On 60 McDonald’s Employees In Salmonella Outbreak

The owners of the McDonald's franchise in Bloomington, Ill. that has been linked to a Salmonella outbreak are paying for lab testing on 60 employees and the wages of all employees scheduled to work while the restaurant remains closed during the investigation,  a spokeswoman for the McLean County Health Department told Food Poisoning Bulletin. During their investigation, health officials found no contamination on food or environmental surfaces, but were able to determine from interviews that the source of the outbreak could have come from an employee or employees who worked their shifts while they were sick, she said. Each employee had to submit two stool samples for testing, results of 120 tests should be available by the middle of next week. Testing is being performed by McDonald's … [Read more...]

McOutbreak: Salmonella Cases Linked To Illinois McDonald’s

A cluster of Salmonella cases have been linked to a variety of restaurants in Bloomington, Ill. including a McDonald's franchise, according to the McLean County Health Department. County and state officials are investigating a "small number" of cases of salmonellosis in people who reported eating at restaurants in central Illinois from October  18 through November 11. "The McDonalds on South Main Street in Bloomington was found to have a suspected connection to the salmonella cases," the county health department said in a statement. The franchise owners have voluntarily closed the restaurant while the investigation takes place.  "No substantial information was discovered to connect the establishment with the cluster of illnesses until over the holiday weekend. It is still early in the … [Read more...]

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