Earlier this week we wrote about another food poisoning outbreak that seemed to be linked to Iberia Peninsula, a Newark, New Jersey restaurant, that likely originated on or near Christmas Eve, according to NJ.com. Patrons of Iberia Peninsula have been suffering from symptoms that point to <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/salmonella">Salmonella poisoning. Now, said NJ.com, health officials in that city have confirmed that Salmonella is, in fact, the cause of the outbreak.
“We have the list of foods served and are in the process of trying to determine the source,” said city spokeswoman Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, quoted NJ.com. Diaz Cameron said that Iberia Peninsula remains open for business and city inspectors have been monitoring the establishment since reports first surfaced, noted NJ.com.
It is believed that the outbreaks began following a baptism party that hospitalized a 71-year-old man, said NJ.com. Leslie Furniture staff ate at Iberia Peninsula on Saturday and began complaining of symptoms Sunday. Newark health officials stated that complaints have been received from patrons who ate at Iberia Peninsula on December 24, 27, and 31; however, Salmonella has not yet been confirmed in those cases, according to NJ.com. Twenty-three people have reported falling ill and several have been hospitalized; however, health officials believe more people could have been affected.
â€œThorough cooking kills Salmonella organisms,” according to the health department Website. “Incompletely cooked meat products are a potential source for salmonella-caused illness,” quoted NJ.com. The food source has not yet been confirmed, said NJ.com, and health officials are in the process of testing the restaurantâ€™s sauces and 27 restaurant employees for Salmonella, reported NJ.com.
A citywide furlough is in place in Newark, which means that inspection was delayed until December 29, noted NJ.com.
Salmonella infectionsâ€”Salmonellosisâ€”can be life threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy. The most common manifestations of Salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days.
We recently wrote that food poisoning can lead to other adverse health effects, some long-term and serious, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), specifically in people who suffered from Salmonellosis, with the risk increasing three-fold. The risk increases to five-fold if the patient was hospitalized close to the illness. More than 600,000 Americans have some kind of IBDâ€”a group of disorders that includes ulcerative colitis and Crohnâ€™s diseaseâ€”which cause the intestines to become inflamed. IBD can also cause abdominal cramps, pain, diarrhea, weight loss, and bleeding from the intestines.
Victims are also at risk of developing a form of reactive arthritis called Reiterâ€™s Syndrome, which typically affects large weight-bearing joints such as the knees and the lower back. The LATimes previously noted that Salmonella is the primary cause of food borne illness in the U.S. and is typically found in foods with animal origins, causing 16,000 illnesses and 556 deaths annually.