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E COLI OUTBREAK AT NORTHGATE SIZZLER

 SEATTLE, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Seattle-King County Department of Public Health and the Sizzler Restaurants have agreed on the closure of the Northgate Sizzler Restaurant at 550 NE Northgate Way in Seattle.
 In the last four days, six cases of E Coli 0157:H7 have been confirmed in people who ate at the restaurant. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) have been reported to date. At this point, the Department of Public Health have discovered no common food source. The Seattle-King County Health Department, the State Health Department, and the Federal Food and Drug Administration are investigating.
 In all, six people are confirmed ill. Five of those who are ill are women between the ages of 18 and 62. The sixth person is a five-year- old boy. None are hospitalized at this time. One of the women and the child are from Snohomish County -- the other four women are from King County.
 Those who are ill ate at the Northgate Sizzler between Aug. 14 and Aug. 18. The restaurant will remain closed at least through the weekend.
 Persons who ate at the Northgate Sizzler and have concerns, call Dr. Russ Alexander, 206-296-4774.
 The E Coli hotline number is 206-296-4949.
 PREVENTING E COLI
 To prevent primary infection with this organism in restaurants, as well as homes, it is important for raw meat and raw poultry to be handled with care. Raw meat and meat juices should never come in direct or indirect contact with foods to be eaten raw such as salad fixings and fruit. Also, surfaces such as hands, gloves, knives or cutting boards which have come into contact with raw meat should never have contact directly or indirectly with salad fixings or fruit. These items should be cleaned thoroughly before using them for another purpose. In addition, hamburgers should be thoroughly cooked until juices run clear (155 degrees F), poultry should never be undercooked and raw milk should be avoided.
 It is advisable for all persons with bloody diarrhea or anyone with diarrhea after eating at this restaurant this month to see their health provider and have a culture of their stool. Cases should be reported to the Health Department at 206-296-4774.
 -0- 8/27/93
 /CONTACT: Carl Osaki, 206-296-4806 or 206-682-7231, or Linda Kennedy, 206-932-5859, both of Seattle-King County Department of Public Health/


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