Ohio Health officials are working to identify the source of a salmonella scare that sent 10 people to the hospital last week in Norwalk. However, The common thread linking the 10 victims together is that they all ate at Casa Fiesta, 196 Milan Avenue in Norwalk on April 24. That restaurant voluntarily closed its doors Thursday while food samples from the restaurant are tested at the Ohio Department of Health to find the source of the bacteria.
Salmonella is one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States. Salmonellosis (the disease caused by Salmonella) is the second most common foodborne illness after Campylobacter infection. It is estimated that 1.4 million cases of salmonellosis occur each year in the U.S.; 95% of those cases are foodborne-related. Approximately 220 of each 1000 cases result in hospitalization and eight of every 1000 cases result in death. About 500 to 1,000 or 31% of all food-related deaths are caused by Salmonella infections each year. Salmonellosis is more common in the warmer months of the year.
Salmonella infections occurs when the bacteria are ingested, typically from food derived from infected food-animals, but it can also occur by ingesting the feces of an infected animal or person. Food sources include raw or undercooked eggs/egg products, raw milk or raw milk products, contaminated water, meat and meat products, and poultry. Raw fruits and vegetables contaminated during slicing have been implicated in several foodborne outbreaks. We are involved in representing families of children who have suffered from this bacterium.