According to Food Safety News, Philadelphia officials have added more people to the patient list in an E. coli outbreak that is associated with “shared restaurant exposure.”
Earlier this month the Philadelphia Department of Public Health reported the outbreak but did not name a specific restaurant or restaurants. The department continues to decline to provide that information.
“A total of 19 cases were identified in this cluster. The last report was received on Sept. 6, and our investigation into the source continues,” department spokesman James Garrow told Food Safety News.
Outbreak investigations typically involve interviews with patients to find out what they ate and where they ate it in the days before becoming ill.
The first outbreak patient became sick Aug. 30. Health officials previously reported that the age range of the infected people was 14 to 70. The department did not immediately respond to requests regarding updated general demographic information such as age and gender of the victims.
City officials said in early September that the outbreak illnesses involved one of five shiga-toxin E. coli strains.
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