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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Multnomah County health officials closed a downtown Portland food cart after linking it to a shigellosis outbreak, marking the first food cart closure due to health concerns in Multnomah County in many years.

Small Pharaoh’s location near Southwest 5th Avenue and Harvey Milk Street is closed as the health department works with the owner to safely reopen.

Shigellosis is caused by a bacteria, shigella, that can cause severe gastrointestinal illness in people, including diarrhea, fever and cramps. It can also lead to more severe illnesses, including sepsis and kidney injury, with local data indicating that one out of three diagnosed infections typically require hospitalization, according to health officials.

Shigella is spread through food, water, or person-to-person by swallowing fecal matter, according to health officials.

Most people recover without treatment, though anyone with symptoms of shigellosis who ate at the downtown location of Small Pharaoh between July 27 and Aug. 11 is urged to contact their care provider or seek medical care as needed.

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(4) comments

ItzaSeakrit

Why I don't patronize food carts.

cacarr

That's stupid. You're much more likely to get sick at some hotel buffet. Far more.

James Singleton

When was the last time this cart was inspected? Who inspected it? What kind of scores does that inspector usually give? How do you know this is the first time a food cart has been shut down due to health concerns in years? Have you asked to see prior food borne illness investigation information?

Janni

Fecal matter uggg.

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