State health department investigating E. Coli outbreak in Aurora

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E.coli grown on an agar plate over night. (Photo: Thinkstock)

AURORA, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed with FOX31 Denver Saturday afternoon that they are investigating an outbreak of E. Coli in Aurora.

The outbreak was reported at Pho 75, an Aurora restaurant located at 2050 South Havana Street, according to Alicia Cronquist, Foodborne Disease Program Manager with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Cronquist said the state is investigating an E. Coli outbreak – Strain 0157 – at the restaurant.

So far, four ill people have been identified, but as with any outbreak, Cronquist said it’s possible that there are more sick than reported, as some might not go to the doctor.

One of the four ill was hospitalized and the other three reported were not.

The Tri-County Health Department is working with the restaurant during the investigation. Pho 75 voluntarily closed yesterday according to Cronquist.

According to the state, typically when a restaurant closes in this kind of situation, a list of requirements must be met before they are allowed to reopen.

The state is actively investigating to determine the source of the strain of E. Coli, as that type of bacteria does not belong in any food that the restaurant should have obtained, according to Cronquist.

The state says this E. Coli outbreak is completely unrelated to the flour E. Coli outbreak and subsequent recall reported last month, as it is a different strain.

We will have updates on this story online and on FOX31 Denver News at 9.

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