Bloody diarrhea outbreak linked to Mexican food restaurant

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PHOENIX -- The recent outbreak of bloody diarrhea in the West Valley is being linked to a local Mexican food restaurant.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health says at least 11 of the 15 people they’ve been able to interview purchased food from the Federico’s Mexican Food restaurant at Camelback and Dysart roads in Litchfield Park.

“Just to be clear, it is only this one Federico’s establishment where many of the cases have reported eating or purchasing food,” said Dr. Bob England, director of MCDPH. “The investigation remains ongoing and we have all hands on deck to figure out the specific course.”

Steven Goode, deputy director for the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, said the restaurant has been very cooperative with their investigation and is voluntarily closing.

MCDPH said on Friday that they have received preliminary results that indicate that the bacteria causing the illness is E. coli O157.

Anyone who has eaten at the Federico’s Mexican Restaurant in Litchfield Park on or after July 23 and is experiencing bloody diarrhea is encouraged to contact a healthcare provider.

“Unfortunately, there is still much to uncover about this outbreak such as what specific food may have been contaminated, how the food was contaminated and how many people have been exposed. As we discover this information, we will continue to share with the public,” England added.