Doug Schultz, a spokesperson with the Minnesota Division of Well being, stated the division has confirmed 27 instances, and acquired studies of 4 extra possible instances.
Each Burger King websites voluntarily determined to shut Thursday.
Most instances have been recognized in September, he stated, however the victims might have been uncovered to salmonella earlier than then. Two further instances got here to mild this week, prompting the closures.
“They could have been sick a pair weeks or so earlier than then,” Schultz stated. “It takes some time earlier than individuals get signs, after which they’re sick sufficient to go to the physician, after which we determine.”
Signs of salmonella, a bacterial illness that infects the intestinal tract, can embrace nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache and blood within the stool, in line with the Mayo Clinic.
As soon as the Division of Well being recognized the outbreak in September they put “stringent” interventions in place, Schultz stated. The Burger Kings have been each cleaned and any staff with signs have been stored from working till they have been symptom-free for seventy two hours, however the precautions didn’t cease the outbreak.
“More often than not that does the trick, ninety eight % of the time we do not see additional transmission,” Schultz stated. “On this case we had two further sicknesses pop up this week.”
Schultz stated the MDH believes the outbreak is because of worker sickness, slightly than a selected contaminated meals merchandise. Earlier than the eating places can reopen every worker have to be examined for salmonella twice.
“We do clearly have proof of meals employee sickness being a part of the issue,” Schultz stated.
The earliest the Burger Kings might reopen is subsequent week, based on Schultz. The eating places should even be completely re-cleaned. The eating places are situated at one thousand Paul Bunyan Drive SW and 2575 Hannah Ave. NW.
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