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2016 Outbreak of E. Coli O157 Among Customers of Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, Chicago

In June 2016 Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), other area local health departments and the Illinois Department of Public Health investigated an outbreak of E. coli O157 occurring among customers of Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Chicago. Sixty-nine confirmed cases and 37 probable cases were identified as part of this outbreak. Twenty two cases were hospitalized. Investigators concluded that cilantro was the probable contaminated food item. CDPH investigators concluded that the outbreak was suggestive of a heavily contaminated food item and that cross contamination during food preparation and transmission by food handlers who were found to have E. coli O157 contributed to the outbreak.

  • Outbreak began:
  • June 2016
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Illinois
  • Organism(s):
  • E. coli O157
  • Vehicle(s):
  • cilantro
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • EXHX01.0264/EXHA26.4631
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 106
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 69
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 37
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 22
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • No

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