On October 26, 2015, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department released an update to the outbreak of Shigella that is ongoing in San Jose. There have now been 188 reported illnesses associated with persons eating at Mariscos San Juan. These cases are spread over 6 California counties. Hardest hit is Santa Clara County with 150 reported cases. Other counties reporting cases include San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Marin, and Merced. Everyone affected reported that they ate at the restaurant on either October 16th or October 17th. The restaurant was closed on October 18th and remains closed while health officials investigate the cause of the outbreak.
Shigella is a family of bacteria that causes illness in humans. Illness usually occurs after consuming contaminated food or water. Shigella causes an illness called Shigellosis, which should start producing symptoms within a few days of infection. Symptoms of Shigellosis include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. Shigellosis is highly contagious, so affected individuals should be careful about contact with other persons. Those living in large groups or in an area with poor sanitation are at an increased risk of contracting Shigellosis. Those with compromised immune systems are also at risk. If you or a loved one develops diarrhea accompanied by a high fever (101℉ or above), contact a medical professional.