Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Salmonella In Santa Fe

The Flying Tortilla restaurant in Santa Fe, NM is the focus of a joint investigation by the New Mexico Department of Health and the state's Environment Department. Four patrons of the restaurant who ate there between mid-January and mid-February have been diagnosed with salmonellosis.

The strain of Salmonella responsible for the illnesses was not mentioned in the state's news release; it was described as a "rare strain". An inspection of the Flying Tortilla revealed that it was in compliance with all food hygiene rules and procedures.

A fifth individual also was diagnosed with Salmonella gastroenteritis in the same time frame, but had not eaten at the restaurant.Health authorities have not ruled out other sources of the mini-outbreak, but are continuing to investigate all possible explanations of the outbreak.

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