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UPDATE: Central Texas Restaurant Reopens After Shutting Down Due to Salmonella

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UPDATE: May 24, 2014, 8:52 p.m.


(KCEN) --  A popular College Station restaurant is back open today after it voluntarily closed down after learning lab samples confirmed salmonella at Fuego Tortilla Grill.

This all started back in September when cases of salmonella started being reported to the Brazos County Health Department.

Fast forward eight months... And the health department has confirmed 30 cases of a rare strain of the bacteria called the *Ohio* strain...26 of which were people who live in Brazos County or traveled there.

Thankfully, no deaths have been reported.

The restaurant is excited to reopen.


UPDATE: May 23, 2014, 4:15 p.m. -- Restaurant Voluntarily Shuts Down


(KAGS) -- Fuego Tortilla Grill in College Station voluntarily shut down this morning after the Brazos County Health Department and the Texas Department of State Health Services investigated a string of salmonella in the restaurant. Health officials report the cases started popping up in September of last year and have continued sporadically since then. Thirty cases have been confirmed, with 26 of those cases from people who live in Brazos County or have visited the area. No deaths have been reported.

The departments linked Fuego as the common thread after making food history logs for all the sick patients, which led health officials to collect samples from the restaurant earlier this month. Four out of the 36 samples collected tested positive for Salmonella Typhimurium-Ohio serotype.

Officials haven't pinpointed an exact cause, but they're currently investigating.

In a statement, the Brazos County Health Department said, "BCHD is working very closely with Fuego’s Restaurant to find the source of bacteria, and how to prevent this type of event from recurring. Fuego’s Restaurant’s management has been cooperative during this investigation, and has closed voluntarily today, when they received the news about the lab samples."

Symptoms include headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes vomiting that usually lasts for four to seven days and most people recover by themselves. If you're experiencing symptoms, you should drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Before the holiday weekend, health officials also want to stress the importance of cooking food at proper temperatures, use gloves for raw and uncooked foods, and hand hygiene.



Original Story: Central Texas Restaurant Connected to Salmonella Outbreak

(Brazos County Health Department) College Station -- Brazos County Health Department (BCHD) officials in conjunction with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are investigating an outbreak of the Salmonella Typhimurium -Ohio serotype. Health officials began investigating a cluster of cases in September 2013 and have continued to have cases reported intermittently since that time. A total of 30 initial cases have been confirmed, with 26 of the cases being residents of Brazos County or have traveled to Brazos County. No deaths have been reported.

Through the course of the food borne outbreak investigation, Fuego Tortilla Grill Restaurant became of statistical significance. Environmental samples were obtained from the restaurant 05/13/2014. On Friday, the DSHS Laboratory reported that 4 of the 36 samples obtained from the restaurant tested positive for Ohio strain. A specific exposure source, such as food handling procedures, food supply or an infected employee has not been specifically identified, but is currently under investigation.

BCHD is working very closely with Fuego’s restaurant to find the source of bacteria, and how to prevent this type of event from recurring. Fuego’s restaurant’s management has been cooperative during this investigation, and has closed voluntarily on Friday, when they received the news about the lab samples.

This is a good time to stress the importance of food safety, proper temperature ranges, and adequate gloves and hand hygiene for everyone preparing food this holiday weekend. Symptoms of Salmonella infection include headache, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea and sometimes vomiting. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. In some cases people with severe diarrhea may need to be hospitalized. People with symptoms should drink plenty of water, get extra rest and visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Consumers also are advised to:

• Contact your healthcare provider if symptoms occur.

• Wash your hands thoroughly, and often, with soap and warm water especially after going to the restroom and before preparing or serving food.


This information is directly from a press release provided by the Brazos County Health Department.
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