Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Panera Bread being investigated as possible source of NJ E. coli outbreak

Panera Bread being investigated as possible source of NJ E. coli outbreak

Six people in the four counties in New Jersey have reported they have contracted the bacterial disease, and Department of Health Officials are investigating a local Panera Bread in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, reported.

Fox News' email to the Panera Bread parent company press site was not immediately answered.

Many customers of the Panera Bread in Woodbridge hadn't heard about the E. coli outbreak that may and or may not be linked to the chain restaurant.

Investigators from the state Department of Health continued talking to those affected and trying to track their eating history in the days leading to when they became ill, according to state Epidemiologist Tina Tan.

At six cases of E. coli at newjersey may be connected to a local shop and are being researched, overall health officials said Thursday.

"The Department is in the process of gathering food history data because it can be very hard to determine where someone got sick", Leusner said. "Sometimes the food source associated with illness is never determined".

The department is working with the FDA and the CDC to determine if the strains of E. coli match.

The Panera Bread restaurant in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, is the chief focus of the probe, according to the Business Insider report. "They could have eaten at several restaurants, at home or eaten food purchased at a supermarket", the statement said. Some of its types are pathogenic that can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people. However, the bacteria can still cause some very bad symptoms, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and vomiting.

Colonies of E. coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate, May 26, 2016. The state will then send its findings to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation, officials have said.

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