The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) and the New Haven Health Department (NHHD) are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella infections involving patrons of Cilantro Fresh Mexican Grill, a restaurant at 1158 Whalley Ave. in New Haven, Connecticut. Cilantro’s owner is cooperating with public health officials and has voluntarily closed the restaurant while the investigation is conducted.
What should people do if they ate at the restaurant during June and feel sick?
Patrons who dined at the restaurant and got sick with fever, nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting should consult with their physician, especially if they are still experiencing symptoms.
Patrons with symptoms should not prepare food or drinks for others and should wash their hands with soap and water frequently to prevent spreading the bacteria to others.
Patrons who became or are sick are encouraged to call the Department of Public Health at 860-509-7994 on Monday, July 3rd to report their illness.
What should people do if they ate at the restaurant during June and have no symptoms?
Patrons who dined at Cilantro in June and who do not have any symptoms do not need any special medical evaluation or treatment.
What is Salmonella?
Salmonella bacteria are one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States. Symptoms typically last for four to seven days, and most people get better without treatment. However, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in certain groups of people, including the elderly, infants and persons with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems.
Salmonella bacteria spread through contaminated food or water. An individual who is sickened with Salmonella can contaminate food and water, spreading the bacteria to others. People who are infected with Salmonella should not prepare food or drinks for others until their symptoms have ended. Restaurant workers and other food handlers who are infected with Salmonella should not return to work until cleared by public health officials.