Washington (ChatterShmatter) – An outbreak of e. coli bacteria which has sickened 13 people has been linked to a Lake Stevens restaurant.
E. coli is not fatal, but can be very uncomfortable for victims of it, as it is characterized by fever, vomiting and heavy diarrhea.
The cases began to pop up beginning on October 7, and continued to crop up through the 17th until the link was identified.
According to Suzanne Pate of the Snohomish Health District the 13 residents who have been confirmed to have eaten at the restaurant all ate at the Ixtapa restaurant at 303 91St. Ave. NE in Lake Stevens.
4 more cases are currently under investigation as also being e. coli.
2 people had to be taken to hospital due to their illness, but they have since both recovered and have returned home.
As a result of their finding, the owner of the restaurant, has closed it until the investigation is completed.
There is no word as to how long the restaurant will be closed.