USA – Illinois La Mex and El Sombrero restaurants likely linked to nationwide Salmonella outbreak

Food Poison Journal

As of September 21, 2021 the CDC reported (revised later to 279)  infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Oranienburg reported from 29 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 3, 2021 to September 13, 2021.

Of note, Illinois has 28 illnesses reported and the following two health departments produced interim reports on seemingly separate Salmonella outbreaks that now are likely linked to the multi-state Salmonella Oranienburg outbreak that appears linked to cilantro consumption.

On September 9th, the Grundy County Health Department identified at least eight Salmonella cases in Grundy County that appear to be linked to the La Mex restaurant located 115 E. Jackson Street in Morris Illinois. Illnesses appeared linked to food consumed at La Mex restaurant between 8/31/2021 and 9/7/2021.

On September 4th,  the McHenry County Department of Health reported a foodborne illness outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness caused by Salmonella.  The illnesses were linked to El Sombrero restaurant at 314 Lincoln Ave, Fox River Grove. Those who ate at the food establishment from August 23 to September 3, regardless of if they develop symptoms or remain well, were asked to assist MCDH in collecting data to conduct a comprehensive investigation of this illness outbreak to eliminate the public health risk.

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