California Shigella outbreak update: More than 180 people infected

An outbreak of Shigella bacteria believed to have originated from a seafood restaurant in San Jose, Calif., has now infected more than 180 people, according to San Jose Mercury News.

Eleven patients had been admitted to ICUs as of Oct. 21 with symptoms of Shigellosis, including diarrhea and fever. Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials said the number infected has since risen to 188, of which 85 have been confirmed by laboratory tests, in a Tuesday statement.

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At least three lawsuits have been filed in the case so far, alleging the restaurant served contaminated food on Oct. 16 and 17. Officials suspect a contaminated food worker was the initial cause of the contamination, but the source remains under investigation.

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