Pittsburgh PA Officials investigate E.coli outbreak at Restaurant

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

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According to the Pittsburgh Business Times,

Four people were hospitalized since Oct. 1 after being diagnosed with having the O157:H7 strain of E. coli, according to the Allegheny County Health Department. They are recovering from the intestinal disease that includes bloody diarrrhea and sometimes occurs after ingesting contaminated food. Some of those are customers or employees of The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive in Oakland, the Allegheny County Health Department said.

The restaurant is fully cooperating with the health department and voluntarily closed its doors Wednesday and will reopen tomorrow. It has taken “steps to ensure the safety of all its employees and customers. The Porch also has a toll-free hotline 855-368-8888 to answer questions.

Allegheny County health officials want others with E. coli symptoms to be tested.

“We’re urging health care providers to test for E. coli to see if there are any additional cases linked to this outbreak so we can stop further transmission of the disease,” said Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

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