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One person has died and three others hospitalized from Salmonella food poisoning after eating at La California restaurant in Aurora, CO, news services are reporting.
According to the Tri County Health Department, a total of 33 people were sickened last November after eating the “family combo” at La California restaurant (1685 Peoria Street) in suburban Denver.
“[The family combo] was significantly associated with the illness, but we couldn’t ID a single item in the family combo that was associated with the illness,” a health department spokesperson said. “Everybody ate everything in the family combo.”
Thirteen cases have been confirmed, and 20 others have been classified as probable. Most cases occurred between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14, 2017.
The restaurant remains open.
La California restaurant: Salmonella 101
Salmonella produces salmonellosis, one of the most common foodborne illness in the U.S. annually: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 1 million Americans contract salmonellosis each year.
Salmonellosis can develop anywhere from 12 hours to three days after consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella. As with most types of food poisoning, symptoms – which generally last up to a week – can include:
- abdominal pain
Most people recover on their own, but in some cases the diarrhea becomes so severe that hospitalization is necessary.
Other CDC estimates of Salmonella illnesses in the U.S.:
- 19,000 people are hospitalized
- 380 people die.
People most at risk for complications are children under 5, pregnant women, senior citizens, and those with suppressed immune systems.