Salmonella in Syracuse Restaurant
Date Published: Friday, October 31st, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/4111
While the restaurant is closed, owner Mark Bitz says it will clean the place top to bottom, test
their employees, and also review its practices. Onondaga County Health Commissioner
Doctor Cynthia Morrow says she is not certain from where the salmonella
originated, but noted that, “We do know that a similar strain, not an
identical strain, but a similar strain was found in
Meanwhile, the decision to close the restaurant
came Thursday. The delay is being blamed over there being no single
event tracing the illness to a definitive source as well as some difficulty
in obtaining tests results, delaying the information that enabled experts to
Salmonellosis is an infection caused by the Salmonella bacterium, is usually found in food contaminated with animal feces, and can occur when food is improperly stored or handled and when preparers do not wash their hands or sanitize implements used in meat storage. Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and cramping within 12 to 72 hours of infection. Generally, the illness lasts a week.
In some infected with Salmonellosis, hospitalization is required because the infection may have spread to the blood stream and other body sites. Without treatment, severe cases of Salmonellosis can result in death; however, some Salmonella bacteria are resistant to antibiotics, largely due to the use of antibiotics to promote the growth of feed animals.
Salmonella poisoning can also lead to Reiter’s Syndrome, a difficult-to-treat reactive arthritis characterized by severe joint pain, irritation of the eyes and painful urination. A victim of Reiter’s Syndrome may have already been treated for the initial infection, and it can be weeks before the symptoms of Reiter’s Syndrome become apparent. Reiter’s Syndrome, which can plague its victims for months or years, is said to occur when reactive arthritis is evident and at least one other non-joint area, such as the eyes, skin or muscles, is affected.
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