A Vancouver location of On The Border restaurant has been shut down by Clark County Public Health as it investigates several salmonella cases in customers.
Anyone who ate at the restaurant, located at 1505 SE 164th Ave., between Sept. 20 and Oct. 8 and is experiencing symptoms of salmonella should contact a healthcare provider.
There have been 11 confirmed cases and 10 probable cases of salmonella linked to the restaurant, according to the health department. The number of probable cases increased from five on Tuesday to 10 on Wednesday.
Two adults were hospitalized, but they have since been released and are recovering at home.
Salmonella symptoms can include severe diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort and occasionally vomiting. The symptoms generally appear one to three days after exposure. Most people recover on their own without medication.
"We closed the restaurant this morning as a further precaution to reduce the risk of Salmonella spreading to others," said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. "Our staff is interviewing employees and patrons to learn more about the possible source of the outbreak, such as a contaminated food source."
Melnick said health officials are working to make sure standard control measures in place, such as frequent hand-washing, proper food storage and sanitizing surfaces and equipment.
The health department said there have been no significant problems with the restaurant in the past and there's no evidence it's a chain-wide issue for On the Border.
Although the risk of infection to the general public is low, Salmonella could spread if infected people don't wash their hands properly after using the bathroom.
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Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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