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City Health Dept. continues investigation of food borne illnesses

According to a Chicago Health Department Press Release:

As anticipated, reports of illnesses related to the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth at Taste of Chicago are slowing down considerably. As of noon today, a total of 717 people have reported that they became ill after they ate food purchased from the Pars Cove booth—up from the 696 reported Thursday.

One hundred sixteen of the 717 are laboratory-confirmed cases of salmonellosis, with more results pending—up from the 97 reported yesterday. Of the 116, 78 have been identified as Salmonella Heidelberg, one of the more common Salmonella serotypes in the United States. A total of 31 people are known to have been hospitalized—up slightly from the 28 reported on Wednesday.

Most of the individuals live in the Chicago area; a few are from downstate and a few are from other states. The Pars Cove situation represents the first confirmed outbreak of illness associated with the event in at least 20 years. In the larger context of having safely served tens of millions of people in recent years, the Taste remains quite possibly the safest food service operation in the city.