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Chicago BBQ restaurant closes amidst Salmonella outbreak

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has identified a new Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 14 people, six of whom have required hospitalization. The CDPH investigation links the outbreak to Best BBQ Ribs at 1648 W. 115th St. in Chicago. Best BBQ closed voluntarily today at CDPH’s request and is fully cooperating with… Continue Reading

Cilantro blamed in E. coli outbreak despite negative lab results

An E. coli outbreak this past summer in Chicago that sickened more than 100 people was likely caused by fresh cilantro, according to the city’s final outbreak report, even though no food from the implicated restaurant tested positive for the pathogen. The report from the Chicago Department of Public Health, obtained through a Freedom of… Continue Reading

More sick, 20 hospitalized in Chicago E. coli outbreak

The number of people sickened in an E. coli outbreak traced to a Chicago restaurant continues to increase, with 65 now confirmed. Twenty of the victims’ symptoms were so severe they were admitted to hospitals. Public health officials have not yet determined the root cause of the outbreak, which was traced to the Carbón Live… Continue Reading

Chicago outbreak count doubles; officials offer scant details

An E. coli outbreak in Chicago remains under investigation as more customers of Carbón Live Fire Mexican Grill have been added to the victim count. Although public health officials would not comment on how many of the patients have required hospitalization, they did reveal the outbreak count more than doubled in size in eight days…. Continue Reading

UPDATED: Woman sues restaurant; E. coli outbreak tops 50

UPDATED CONTENT July 7 — This story has been updated to include reports that the number of E. coli victims in the outbreak has doubled to 50, up from 25. A Chicago woman who had to spend three nights in a hospital after eating food from Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill in Bridgeport has filed a… Continue Reading

Chicago E. coli outbreak linked to Bridgeport restaurant

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has linked an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), impacting at least 25 Chicago residents, to the Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill located at 300 W. 26th Street. The Bridgeport restaurant has been closed and will not participate in Taste of Chicago, which is scheduled for July… Continue Reading