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    The number of confirmed cases of illnesses in the Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak near Denver has increased to 21, according to the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. The number of probable cases continues to rise.

    The specific source of the Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak restaurant has yet to be determined. Burrito Delight owners have voluntarily closed both of their locations, in Fort Lupton and Dacono. (Both sites are approximately 30 miles north of Denver.)

    After the outbreak first made news last week, Carrie Hanley – the Weld County director of community health services – warned area residents that the outbreak “has the potential to be a large outbreak.” In addition to the 21 people sickened, four of them have been hospitalized.

    Initially, only the Burrito Delight in Fort Lupton reported illnesses, but one illness has now been traced to the Dacono location. According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the breakdown of illnesses by county (click on image for more information):

    • Weld, 14
    • Larimer, 3
    • Boulder, 2
    • Morgan and Adams, 1 apiece.
    Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak

    Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak: The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment news release.

    Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak:
    Totals double in less than a week

    The outbreak first made news when it was reported that at least 10 confirmed cases of Salmonella food poisoning were linked to food served by Burrito Delight at two outside events and the Fort Lupton location. The catered events were held Feb. 9 and Feb. 13 at Aims Community College in Fort Lupton.

    Five cases from the initial outbreak were linked to the events at Aims: one from the Feb. 9 event attended by roughly 70 people and another four from the Feb. 13 event attended by 400 people. A spokesperson for the community college said the events were for employee training.

    Two of the initial cases were linked to different work functions catered by Burrito Delight.

    Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak:
    Numerous violations at both locations

    The Burrito Delight Fort Lupton location has been hit with 22 red violations during five health inspections conducted since late 2015. Meanwhile, the Dacono location was hit with 20 during the same time period.

    According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, red violations are those “more likely than other violations to contribute to food contamination or illness.”

    In its last regular inspection, Weld County health officials rated both Burrito Delight locations as merely “marginal.”

    Debra Adamson, the Weld County director of environmental health services, said Burrito Delight’s Fort Lupton restaurant was found with numerous violations when inspected Feb. 21:

    • A dead mouse was found on a sticky trap behind a reach-in cooler.
    • Food was being held at improper temperatures.
    • Employees failed to wash hands. In addition, they were drinking beverages next to unprepared food.

    Both Burrito Delight locations will be allowed to reopen, but only after meeting four conditions:

    • Both locations must be disinfected.
    • All staff must test negative for Salmonella. If that does not occur, the restaurant must recruit new staff.
    • Food must be replaced or eligible to be released from embargo.
    • The reopening inspection must be in compliance with state regulations.

    Burrito Delight Salmonella outbreak:
    What to know about Salmonella

    Salmonella infections are common in the U.S., according to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Salmonella annually sickens about 1 million Americans, with 19,000 victims requiring hospitalization and 380 victims dying.

    Salmonella produces an illness called salmonellosis, symptoms for which usually present within 12 to 36 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms can present as early as six hours or as late as three days after ingestion.

    Symptoms usually last four to seven days. Most people recover on their own.

    Symptoms are numerous and can include:

    • diarrhea, which can be bloody
    • nausea
    • abdominal pain
    • fever
    • headache
    • vomiting
    • dehydration
    • muscle pains.