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Salmonella Outbreak In Connecticut Linked To New Haven Restaurant

A Salmonella outbreak has been reported in Connecticut.
A Salmonella outbreak has been reported in Connecticut. Photo Credit: FoodSafety.gov

An outbreak of Salmonella infections has been reported among customers of Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill, a restaurant in New Haven, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Cilantro’s owner is cooperating with public health officials as they investigate. The restaurant has been voluntarily closed while the investigation is conducted.

What should people do if they ate at the restaurant during June and feel sick?

If you dined at the restaurant and got sick with fever, nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting, consult with your physician, especially if you are still experiencing symptoms.

Patrons with symptoms should not prepare food or drinks for others and should wash their hands with soap and water frequently to prevent spreading the bacteria.

Patrons who became or are sick are asked to call the Department of Public Health at 860-509-7994 on Monday, July 3, to report their illness.

Patrons who dined at Cilantro in June and who do not have any symptoms do not need any special medical evaluation or treatment.

Salmonella bacteria are one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the U.S. Symptoms typically last for four to seven days, and most people get better without treatment. However, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in certain groups of people, including the elderly, infants and persons with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems.

Salmonella bacteria can be spread through contaminated food or water.

Information on preventing Salmonella infections can be found online from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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