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Transcript
Popular deli linked to salmonella
cases
February 10, 2006
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Diana Keough
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has confirmed six cases of salmonella
infection and is investigating four more suspected cases in which people were
sickened, allegedly after dining at the popular Woodmere restaurant Corky &
Lenny's.
"We don't have any positive assurance, but we're investigating the restaurant as
one of the only common links between the 10 people who got sick," said John
McLeod, the health board's director of environmental health.
The first case was reported Monday, and no cases have been reported since
Wednesday, McLeod said. Two people were hospitalized and have since been
discharged.
The likely culprit is the restaurant's matzo ball soup, which is made with eggs
and chicken fat, although health officials are checking every item on the menu,
as well as testing the restaurant staff, McLeod said.
McLeod and restaurant manager Earl Stein said Corky & Lenny's is fully
cooperating with the investigation. The restaurant remains open for business.
Salmonella is transmitted to humans eating foods contaminated with animal
feces.
Many raw foods - eggs, meat products, poultry - are frequently contaminated, but
thorough cooking kills the bacteria. Food also can become contaminated by an
infected food handler who forgot to wash his hands with soap after using the
bathroom.
Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal
cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven
days, and most people recover without treatment.
--From the FSN:
Salmonella has also been associated with fruits and vegetables and unpasteurized
juices in the past.
Food Safety Network Information Summaries - February 10, 2006
For more information contact Ben Chapman (519) 829 6476 or [email protected]