"Bloody Diarrhea Outbreak" From Federico's Mexican Food Has Hit 52 People, Officials Say

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The "bloody diarrhea outbreak" that county officials linked to E. coli at a Federico's Mexican Food location has sickened 52 people, according to the county health department.

According to the Maricopa County Public Health, 18 of those 52 people have been hospitalized.

See also:
-Maricopa County Officials Say There's a "Bloody Diarrhea Outbreak"
-Federico's Mexican Food Sued Over "Bloody Diarrhea Outbreak"

Reports stating that 64 people were sickened are erroneous, as the health department has since corrected that figure.

The outbreak only came from one Federico's location -- the one in Litchfield Park -- and health officials attribute it to a certain kind of E. coli bacteria: E. coli O157.

That restaurant location voluntarily closed.

Although not every person interviewed by the county health department reported eating at the restaurant, many of them did.

"The investigation remains ongoing and we have all hands on deck to figure out the specific source," health director Dr. Bob England says in a statement.

Still, county court records show multiple people have already filed lawsuits against the parent company of Federico's. The law firm representing these people claims on its blog to be representing more than a dozen of these people.

One of those people, Bryan Clayton, ate at the location on July 27 and 29, and was subsequently hospitalized on August 1 with "grossly bloody bouts of diarrhea," the lawsuit contends.

Clayton had chicken on both occasions, first in tacos, then in a burrito, according to the lawsuit.

The county health department says the illnesses caused by this bacteria "can cause severe illness and, especially in children, can lead to kidney failure and even death."

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32 comments
mary14nx05y
mary14nx05y

filthy Mexicans need to be sent back to beanerland in a barrel

jasonxoc
jasonxoc

Damn that bloody diarrhea looks tasty. Eat that shit up with some guac and chips. 


robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Now it's time for the New Times to lay off Lemons and Hendley.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

ha! should have stuck to the cat meat at filibertos.

wtf...
wtf...

Leave it to NT childish "journalist" Hendley to put that title and that picture together for an E.coli story! you just ruined my dinner plans.

donkey_show
donkey_show

I always get bloody diarrhea after I eat at one of these fredricos/filiberto places. I thought it was normal.

Chuck Altvater
Chuck Altvater

It took me a minute to realize that wasn't bloody diarrhea.

Mary Ann Grant
Mary Ann Grant

That's a good reason to avoid these types of places to begin with. Who's watching the kitchen???

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Why did they put the bloody diarrhea in a container? That's just gross!

Marcia Lopez
Marcia Lopez

Deport us and see what happens! **Heavy sarcasm here...**

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Is the photo of the food or the gastro-intestinal distress caused by he food? Hard to tell.

Tara Almond
Tara Almond

And I suppose it's an "accident" you used a burrito smothered in red sauce as your dominant art. Sickos. Ha ha!

Vern Gill
Vern Gill

Ate there once, haven't been back

suppers_ready
suppers_ready

The enchilada in the picture already looks like a "grossly bloody bout of diarrhea".

jasonxoc
jasonxoc

@JoeArpaioFan Time for you to get a job... How come every time I read an article, you've already commented on it? 

GrandeSanchez
GrandeSanchez

@Marcia Lopez Lard free food? **Heavy sarcasm here...***

LogicBot
LogicBot

@Antonio Maldonado If my calculations are correct, the answer is 52.

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