A total of 22 people in San Francisco fell ill in August in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Burma Superstar, a restaurant in the Richmond neighborhood, according to an outbreak report released Monday by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The department first received eight reports of E. coli illness between Aug. 23 and 26 – an unusually high number compared to the typical rate of fewer than one case per month. The cases were dispersed throughout the city, but suggested a moderate-to-high socioeconomic status. Patients also tended to be younger, salad-eating, local-market shopper types in comparison
Continue Reading Final Report: 22 Sickened in Bay Area Burma Superstar E. Coli Outbreak

Burma Superstar, a popular San Francisco restaurant that voluntarily closed over Labor Day weekend following an E. coli outbreak in mid-August, has snagged a coveted spot on the Michelin Bib Gourmand list for 2014. It was also listed for 2013. The outbreak reportedly sickened at least a dozen people, the majority of whom ate at the Clement Street restaurant on Aug. 16 or 17. Five were hospitalized, and one of them developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney disease associated with severe E. coli infections. All of those sickened were later discharged, and no new related cases have
Continue Reading Bay Area Restaurant Makes Michelin 'Value' List Despite Recent E. Coli Outbreak

The San Francisco Department of Public Health released an update on Friday to the Burma Superstar E. coli outbreak that occurred around August 16. Health officials now believe 12 people were sickened in connection to the outbreak, with 10 of them having dined at the restaurant. Of those diners, five were hospitalized, but have all since been discharged, according to Dr. Tomás J. Aragón, director of the city’s Population Health Division. One of the five hospitalized developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening kidney disease associated with severe E. coli infections. Earlier reports had indicated that 14 people were sickened in
Continue Reading Burma Superstar E. Coli Outbreak: 12 Sick, 5 Hospitalized in San Francisco

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is investigating a 14-person E. coli outbreak that has reportedly been linked to a popular Burmese restaurant, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. On Friday, the Chronicle reported that public health department employees believe 9 of 14 E. coli O157:H7 cases can be linked to food served at the Burma Superstar restaurant in the Inner Richmond neighborhood on August 16 or 17. While the outbreak source is unknown, Burma Superstar reportedly closed voluntarily for the weekend. E. coli O157:H7 causes severe diarrheal illness.  Diarrhea and severe stomach cramps are
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