Maricopa County Officials Say There's a "Bloody Diarrhea Outbreak"

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Here's something that sounds horrifying: Maricopa County health officials say there's a "bloody diarrhea outbreak" in the West Valley.

Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, says the 11 people who have reported this illness know each other.

UPDATE: The bloody diarrhea has been linked to Federico's Mexican Food. Check out the new information below.

Seven of those people have been hospitalized, and health officials aren't exactly sure what's causing this. Officials say they don't have a more precise location of the outbreak than just the West Valley.

"The illness appears to be caused by a class of bacteria that produces a toxin," says a release from the county health department. "This toxin can cause severe illness and, especially in children, can lead to kidney failure and even death."

The health department's recommending that you get some medical help if you've got the main symptom here.

"As of this morning, we know that we have a cluster of people who are sick with this type of bacteria and who all know each other," Dr. England says in a statement. "Disease investigators are now trying to piece together the puzzle of how/what made these people sick and if anyone else was put at risk. Of course, as we discover this information, we will continue to share what we know with the public."
UPDATE 2:54 p.m.: The source of the bloody diarrhea is food from Federico's Mexican Food, according to health officials.

"Just to be clear, it is only this one Federico's establishment where many of the cases have reported eating or purchasing food," Dr. England says."The investigation remains ongoing and we have all hands on deck to figure out the specific source."

The Federico's location in question is in Litchfield Park, and the particular bacteria causing the illness is E. coli O157.

According to the county health department, "Anyone who has eaten at this particular Federico's Mexican Food from on or after July 23 AND is experiencing bloody diarrhea should see a healthcare provider so a stool culture can be ordered. Options for people without a health care provider include urgent care centers or community health centers."
On a somewhat lighter note, the only the time we've seen a similar outbreak was in the Stephen King book (and eventual movie) Dreamcatcher, although that involved aliens shooting out of people's rear ends, so we can probably rule that out.


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33 comments
car_del99
car_del99

When I read that " bloody diarrhea outbreak " I thought it was about JAF going berserk...


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

gonna be a busy time for JAFfy at BK

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... I'd rather have blood in my diarrhea than diarrhea in my blood.


Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Looks like montezumas revenge was smuggled here from over the border too.

OATHKEEPER1958
OATHKEEPER1958

MORE DISEASE FROM MEXICO DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YALL.

WESTSIDE41
WESTSIDE41

THEY ARENT SURE IF ITS THERE AT THE RESTAURANT YET. THEY ARE JUST GOING BY WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY. THEY ALL LIVE IN THE SAME NEIGHBOROOD.

Vina Nguyen
Vina Nguyen

Frederico Hightower this your place foo?! Get your shiz together man!

Cynthia Joy Finnegan
Cynthia Joy Finnegan

Fox 10 erroneously reported it as e-Coli. It isn't, but it's in the same family.

Eleanor_Holguin
Eleanor_Holguin

Matt, you're funny. Do I have to come to the DA to find you and have a drink?

Brandi King
Brandi King

Lol not even my dog will eat at Federico's tho. Just saying...

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

What the fuck ever...who comes up with this shit?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Ahem, name of the bacteria Mr. Journalist?

crappypunbot
crappypunbot

It is my doody to alert you that this is a crappy situation.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Dealing with bloody diarrhea is a shitty way to have to spend a weekend. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@ Expert shot.  It appears that they don't know the name of the exact bacteria yet:

"health officials aren't exactly sure what's causing this. ..."The illness be appears to  caused by a class of bacteria that produces a toxin," says a release from the county health department. "

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@ExpertShot  

The county hasn't named the particular class of bacteria involved.  Doing so would be more likely to cause confusion than to enlighten anybody, and certainly doesn't matter if you're trying to decide whether you're symptomatic.

 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Thanks for doing your doody.  You've done a super doody.

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