Lawsuit filed in
parents of a 9-year-old girl who became sick after eating at a
October 22, 2008
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The parents of a 9-year-old girl who became sick after
eating at a
In the lawsuit, Ray and Allison Riojas claim that their daughter became severely ill after eating chips, salsa, guacamole, a chicken enchilada, rice and beans at Ixtapa restaurant, which the Snohomish Health District has linked to an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened more than a dozen people.
On Oct. 14, the girl lost her appetite, had diarrhea and by
Oct. 16 had been taken twice to
According to the lawsuit, the girl tested positive for the same strain of E. coli suspected for causing the illness in 13 others who reported dining at Ixtapa earlier this month.
The lawsuit was filed by the law firm of Bill Marler, a
Thirteen of 17 cases of E. coli contamination in
The 13 people ate at Ixtapa
The Mexican restaurant was closed Tuesday and is cooperating with health inspectors, who will oversee its sanitizing and disposal of opened food products, Pate said.
The restaurant staff declined to comment Tuesday.
The cases were first reported last week. Two people were hospitalized briefly, but both are now recovering at home. The 13 people who became ill after eating at the restaurant range in age from 9 to 75. Health inspectors continue to interview those who became ill to determine what sickened them.
Of the four others believed to have E. coli, three of them have no connection to the restaurant. The other has not yet been interviewed, Pate said. Where they may have contacted E. coli is unknown.
"It's possible for people who have E. coli to shed the E. coli for several days" and infect others, Pate said. "That's why we jump on this so quickly.
"The solution is so simple," she said. "Wash your hands."
Outbreaks historically have been associated with
undercooked hamburger, raw-milk consumption, lake swimming, petting zoos and
day-care centers. In
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