“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed to Food Poisoning Bulletin that the E. coli outbreak in Washington state that is associated with the Matador restaurant also includes patients in three other states. No additional cases have been identified as of Friday, September 16, 2016. Seven people in Washington state are also infected with the same E. coli strain.
Lola S. Russell, Senior Health Communications Specialist for the CDC stated, ‘CDC is assisting the Washington State Department of Health with an investigation related to an E. coli outbreak potentially linked to a Seattle restaurant. Three cases of E. coli with the same DNA fingerprint in three other states (Colorado, Idaho, and New York) are under investigation to determine if they are linked to the cases in Washington. Washington is leading the investigation and will have the most updated case counts.’
The outbreak was first discovered in early September, 2016 when five people were reported sickened by the same strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC). Four of those sickened ate at the Matador restaurant on August 22 2016 and one person ate there on September 6, 2016. Four of the patients developed bloody diarrhea, and three were hospitalized. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which causes kidney damage.”