19 people now reported ill after eating at La Luz

A Mexican restaurant in Old Town Fort Collins, Colorado, remains closed after a number of customers reported becoming ill from the restaurant’s food. There are now 19 confirmed cases of salmonella illness directly related to food consumed at La Luz Mexican Grill. The count may continue to rise as more reports are investigated.

Restaurant patrons first reported their illnesses on August 17. The restaurant closed on August 21, after six salmonella cases had been confirmed. Larimer County Health Department investigators cited the restaurant with temperature violations and multiple flies in the kitchen, in an inspection conducted on August 17. As part of the stipulations for the restaurant re-opening, staff must undergo training for proper food safety procedures, including appropriate hygiene for employees.

Health officials have not yet determined the cause of the salmonella outbreak at the Old Town La Luz. Two other area La Luz restaurants, one located on Boardwalk Drive in Fort Collins and one located in Loveland, have been unaffected by the outbreak.

Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infections affecting the intestinal tract, urinary tract, bloodstream and other body tissues. The illness is often spread through food consumption and can be found in raw meats, eggs and produce. Salmonella can also be passed by people who are sick while handling food. Symptoms including diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting and bloody stool typically appear six to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

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