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Report food poisoning?

Does the health department take reports of food poisoning?

My family became violently ill after eating at a local restaurant yesterday, and I wasn't sure if the health department kept track of reports. Especially if there were other customers from the same time who were also ill.

Do you contact the health department or the restaurant or both?

created by mom2 on Jun 17, 2014 at 09:06:41 am     Comments: 9

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Sorry to hear that! Unfortunately.. I don't know the answer to your question... but am curious as to where you ate and what dishes you had?

I haven't eaten at a Quizno's in probably 7 years because of food poisoning.

Good luck. I hope everyone feels better!

posted by wahhutch9 on Jun 17, 2014 at 09:40:25 am     #  

The healthcare system usually flags when there is a cluster of GI illnesses that hit it. If you went to the Dr. or ER and so did say 10 other people all around the same time frame (day or so) with same constellation of symptoms, they would probably launch an investigation and get in touch with you to figure out where the bug came from.

You can call 419 213 4100, which should be the health department main switch board and tell them you want to report a group case of food poisoning, but they may ask you to go through medical personnel. They'll record the complaint anyhow, and if it correlates with others someone will be getting a surprise inspection. But it does always help to have medical tell them more exactly what is going on so they know what to look for (Shigella vs E.coli vs Norovirus vs. a dozen other things with different conditions of growth and symptoms).

posted by RobJelf on Jun 17, 2014 at 09:48:00 am     #  

A more effective way would be to tell TTer's where you ate.

Please.

posted by Molsonator on Jun 17, 2014 at 09:52:18 am     #   8 people liked this

Keep in mind that Norovirus - if this is indeed the culprit - has a short incubation period and this might be a coincidental case where mom2's family happened to be developing the illness prior to visiting the restaurant.

Also, if different family members ate different menu items, chances are that Restaurant X was not the source, unless the source of the infection was a worker who happened to handle all food items from prep to cook stages (i.e., only one cook in the kitchen all day).

posted by historymike on Jun 17, 2014 at 10:14:57 am     #  

call the health department and let them know: http://www.lucascountyhealth.com/

posted by upso on Jun 17, 2014 at 10:41:15 am     #  

historymike posted at 10:14:57 AM on Jun 17, 2014:

Keep in mind that Norovirus - if this is indeed the culprit - has a short incubation period and this might be a coincidental case where mom2's family happened to be developing the illness prior to visiting the restaurant.

Also, if different family members ate different menu items, chances are that Restaurant X was not the source, unless the source of the infection was a worker who happened to handle all food items from prep to cook stages (i.e., only one cook in the kitchen all day).

Not if everything they ordered used 1 or more of the same ingredients, like all contained beef, or all had the same cheese in it. I imagine a bad batch of hamburger would still make everyone sick whether 1 person had tacos, 1 had a ground beef burrito, and a third person had a ground beef enchilada.

posted by MIJeff on Jun 17, 2014 at 10:52:15 am     #  

MIJeff posted at 10:52:15 AM on Jun 17, 2014:
historymike posted at 10:14:57 AM on Jun 17, 2014:

Keep in mind that Norovirus - if this is indeed the culprit - has a short incubation period and this might be a coincidental case where mom2's family happened to be developing the illness prior to visiting the restaurant.

Also, if different family members ate different menu items, chances are that Restaurant X was not the source, unless the source of the infection was a worker who happened to handle all food items from prep to cook stages (i.e., only one cook in the kitchen all day).

Not if everything they ordered used 1 or more of the same ingredients, like all contained beef, or all had the same cheese in it. I imagine a bad batch of hamburger would still make everyone sick whether 1 person had tacos, 1 had a ground beef burrito, and a third person had a ground beef enchilada.

Agreed - thanks for the clarification, MJeff. A single ingredient used in multiple dishes could be the source.

posted by historymike on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:02:07 am     #  

I don't think it was Norovirus. My daughter did not get sick.

She was the only one in our household who was fine. And she and I were even drinking from the same straw minutes before I got sick.

Our family had Norovirus a few years ago when there was an outbreak at my kids' school, so unfortunately I'm familiar with that virus.

We ate at Packos at the Park. My daughter had an American hot dog and chips, and she's the only one who didn't get sick. I'm trying to think of what my husband ordered - we probably had similar ingredients in our meals. Perhaps my daughter didn't get sick because her meal involved minimal handling or ingredients. The rest of us had dishes with more preparation involved.

posted by mom2 on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:41:08 am     #  

You sure it wasn't just their chili? That stuff is pretty spicy.

posted by mixman on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:49:35 am     #