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Viva Mexico Restaurant Salsa 2000

Health officials in San Mateo County shut down the Viva Mexico Restaurant when an outbreak of Shigella sonnei occurred. One diner died. Illness was associated with eating salsa. Investigators discovered buckets of stagnant water used to thaw shrimp, meat, and vegetables stored at unsafe temperatures, and dirty cutting boards. They were also concerned about food workers' failure to wash hands, the possibility of tainted cilantro, and un-refrigerated foods. The Shigella was resistant to multiple antibiotics. None of the food workers were shown to have been infected with Shigella.

  • Outbreak began:
  • October 2000
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • California
  • Organism(s):
  • Shigella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Salsa
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Restaurant
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • No
  • Total ill:
  • 222
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • Unknown
  • Any Deaths:
  • Yes
  • Number Dead:
  • 1

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